# Thread: others VS the others

1. ## others VS the others

what's the difference between others and the others?

For example:

1) I use A, B, C and D. For others, .........
2) I use A, B, C and D. For the others, ......

which sentence is correct?

2. ## Re: others VS the others

I don't know what you intend to write.

Rover

3. ## Re: others VS the others

Suppose there are 5 tools. (Tool A, B, C, D and F)

1) I know how to use tool A, B and C. But for others, I don't know how to use them.
2) I know how to use tool A, B and C. But for the others, I don't know how to use them.

which sentence is correct? In which situation, I need to use "others" and "the others"?

4. ## Re: others VS the others

Based upon my understanding, the word "others" should be used with the word "some" together.

Here is an example:

There are a lot of students in the park. Some are dancing, others are playing.

Once there is no word "some" occurring in the sentence, we should choose "the others" for usage.

Is my understanding right?

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

Thanks.

5. ## Re: others VS the others

Originally Posted by tobysky
Suppose there are 5 tools. (Tool A, B, C, D and F)

1) I know how to use tool A, B and C. But for others, I don't know how to use them.
2) I know how to use tool A, B and C. But for the others, I don't know how to use them.

which sentence is correct? In which situation, I need to use "others" and "the others"?

Right. The context makes all the difference to understanding your question.

Now that I know that there are five tools and you know how to use three of them, then (2) is correct. 'The others' refers to the remaining two.

(1) would be correct if we did not know how many tools there were in total.

For example 'I know how to use a hammer, a saw and a plane, but for others I don't know. . . .'

Rover

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