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    Is the following sentence gramatically correct?

    Any other routes to Boston take a long time.

    Can we use "other" with a plural noun even if it is preceded by an indefinite pronoun like any, some, each?

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    Re: Other

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    Is the following sentence gramatically correct?

    Any other routes to Boston take a long time.

    Can we use "other" with a plural noun even if it is preceded by an indefinite pronoun like any, some, each?
    It doesn't sound natural. I'd say, "All other routes to Boston take longer; Any other route to Boston takes longer."
    But yes you can certainly use 'other' with a plural, eg. "Other people might not agree."
    You can use "Some other + plural". "Spot is black and white. Some other dogs are single-coloured."
    You can use "Any other + plural". (At least in AusE; this might vary.)
    You can't use "Each other + plural."

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    Re: Other

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You can use "Any other + plural". (At least in AusE; this might vary.)
    You can in BrE: "Are there any other questions?"

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    Re: Other

    I have other questiona. But before that I concluded that "other" can be used with plura noun but it is used only with singular nouns if it is preceded by indefinite quantifiers. Is that right?

    My next question is that what the difference is between these two sentences?

    Spot is black and white. Some other dogs are single-coloured.
    Spot is black and white. Other dogs are single-coloured.

    My last question is that can "the other" be used with plural nouns?

    The other routes are shorter.
    Last edited by toloue_man; 25-Apr-2013 at 11:42.

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    Re: Other

    Quote Originally Posted by toloue_man View Post
    I have another question. But before that I concluded that "other" can be used with plura noun but it is used only with singular nouns if it is preceded by indefinite quantifiers. Is that right?

    My next question is that what the difference is between these two sentences?

    Spot is black and white. Some other dogs are single-coloured.
    Spot is black and white. Other dogs are single-coloured.
    The second could mean all other dogs. Just saying 'other' doesn't specify this. You need to be as clear as possible.

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