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    another versus other

    Hi there,

    could someone tell me when to use other or another?

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    Re: another versus other

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Hi there,

    could someone tell me when to use other or another?

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    "Who is the other woman? Tell me!"

    "Is there another woman? Tell me!"

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    Re: another versus other

    Yes, it helps. But appart from that, I thought that another could be used only before singular countable nouns or before few+noun and that other could be used before singular or plural nouns, countable or uncountable. Is that right?

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    Re: another versus other

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Yes, it helps. But appart from that, I thought that another could be used only before singular countable nouns or before few+noun and that other could be used before singular or plural nouns, countable or uncountable. Is that right?

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    The word "another" comes from "an/one other". It therefore, has a singular sense. As an adjective it is not used with plural nouns or with non-count nouns (in most uses). Other can be used with singular or plural nouns. Its use with non-count nouns is variable.

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    Re: another versus other

    Quote Originally Posted by silviasabater_2000 View Post
    Yes, it helps. But appart from that, I thought that another could be used only before singular countable nouns or before few+noun and that other could be used before singular or plural nouns, countable or uncountable. Is that right?

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    This is a complicated topic, I'm afraid . I will try to do my best to summarize, but I may miss things:

    1) 'Another' is the indefinite article before 'other'. ALONE, it may be used before a singular countable noun ONLY.

    2) Before certain adjectival quantifiers ('few', 'number of', 'quantity of',...), it may be used with a plural noun or an uncountable noun. Not all of these quantifiers may be used with uncountable nouns though.

    3) In all other cases, 'another' may not be used.

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