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    Default another vs. other

    Why is it OK to say, "There's no other way," but not OK to say, "There's no anther way."

    Since "another" is used to mean one more, shouldn't the last sentence be OK?

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    Default Re: another vs. other

    Quote Originally Posted by letslearnenglish View Post
    Why is it OK to say, "There's no other way," but not OK to say, "There's no another way."

    Since "another" is used to mean one more, shouldn't the last sentence be OK?
    No, it's not OK; at least it's not said. (except see below)

    Why is it not correct/said?
    Because as you said, "no another way" means "no one other way", and we don't say either. (and we also wouldn't say 'no two other ways) We just say ''There's no other way."


    There is a situation in which one might say "There's no another way.", but it is used in a different way, for emphasis.
    A...There has to be another way to do this.
    B...No, there's no "another way".
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    Default Re: another vs. other

    The problem is not with the word "another" in the second example but your choice of the accompanying "functional" word that makes the sentence negative: "no" or "not." You can't use the same one that worked with "other." To make the second sentence grammatical, say:

    There's NOT another way.

    If you use the synonym "one more," it won't work with "no" either:

    There's no one more way. (Ungrammatical)

    Similarly, "other" cannot take "not":

    There's not other way. (Ungrammatical)

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    Default Re: another vs. other

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Forbes View Post
    The problem is not with the word "another" in the second example but your choice of the accompanying "functional" word that makes the sentence negative: "no" or "not." You can't use the same one that worked with "other." To make the second sentence grammatical, say:

    There's NOT another way.

    If you use the synonym "one more," it won't work with "no" either:

    There's no one more way. (Ungrammatical)

    Similarly, "other" cannot take "not":

    There's not other way. (Ungrammatical)

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    Of course the problem is with the combination of "no" and 'another".
    I initially included the correct phrases 'There's not another way.' and the more common 'There isn't another way.' but perhaps unwisely decided to unclutter my answer and just stick with trying to answer why "There's no another way." is incorrect.

    Thanks for your post.

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