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    one or the another

    Hi All,

    I want to know which one is correct

    Today I had one or the other work all day
    Today I had one or the another work all day

    My question is which is more appropriate "one or the other" or "one or the another"

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    #2

    Re: one or the another

    If you want to use 'the', then 'one or the other' is definitely better .
    But I can't quite understand the sentence, though.

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    #3

    Re: one or the another

    All day long at work, there was one thing going on or another.
    All day long at work today, it was one thing or another.

    Is that what you mean?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: one or the another

    yes Barb is right. That's what I want to convey. But i want to know the mistake in my sentence as IHIVG pointed that he was not able to understand what I meant..

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    #5

    Re: one or the another

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    yes Barb is right. That's what I want to convey. But i want to know the mistake in my sentence as IHIVG pointed that he was not able to understand what I meant..
    'Another" means, (roughly) 'an other'. You can't put 'the' and 'a/an' together to make "the an other" or "the another".

    I don't understand your original sentence either. Perhaps you mean you worked all day, at either one job or another.
    You have a 'job', not a 'work'.
    "A job" can mean your work, or it can mean a task associated with your work.
    "I have a job as a plumber. I did three jobs this afternoon." You fixed three people's plumbing.

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    Re: one or the another

    thanks for all the clarifications. O

    What if i want to say about the household chores. would that also be called "job".

    Can I say; " I am generally busy all day long with the household jobs. Today it was the worst as I had one thing or the another"


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    Re: one or the another

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    thanks for all the clarifications. O

    What if i want to say about the household chores. would that also be called "job".

    Can I say; " I am generally busy all day long with the household jobs. Today it was the worst as I had one thing or the another"


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    Gauri
    Household chores, household jobs or simply housework. You don't really need to say "the", because it's a generic term for various different jobs around the house.

    "I am generally busy all day long with household chores. Today was the worst day because it was constantly one thing or another."

    You don't really "have" one thing or another. The usual phrase is "it's one thing or another" or "if it's not one thing, it's another!"

    And as someone already pointed out, you do not say "one thing or THE another". It's simply "one thing or another", or it can be "or thing or the other", but never "the another".

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    Re: one or the another

    thank you so much..

    Warm regards
    Gauri

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