# Thread: difference between another and the other?

1. ## difference between another and the other?

I've always taught my students that the difference between another and the other is "another" has no boundary, while "the other" has a boundary.
I think "the other" 's the means unique, only one thing, the thing left, while another's an means one of many or unspecific.

For example,

One of the dogs is black, the other is white.(a certain group)
One dog is black, another is white, another is red,.....(no group)

Is it correct?

2. ## Re: difference between another and the other?

Originally Posted by keannu
I've always taught my students that the difference between another and the other is "another" has no boundary, while "the other" has a boundary.
I think "the other" 's the means unique, only one thing, the thing left, while another's an means one of many or unspecific.

For example,

One of the dogs is black, the other is white.(a certain group)
One dog is black, another is white, another is red,.....(no group)

Is it correct?
Just three points:

1- Do you start introducing "other" and "another" as pronouns or determiners? Perhaps presenting them first as determiners helps the students understand them as pronouns more easily.

2- I too think that "the other" has a boundry, ofcourse not the boundry of including only two items in a group.

3- though "another" has no boundry it moves in a slow pace! Each time it can refer to only one item.

3. ## Re: difference between another and the other?

Originally Posted by keannu
I've always taught my students that the difference between another and the other is "another" has no boundary, while "the other" has a boundary.
I think "the other" 's the means unique, only one thing, the thing left, while another's an means one of many or unspecific.

For example,

One of the dogs is black, the other is white.(a certain group)
One dog is black, another is white, another is red,.....(no group)

Is it correct?
The other means a specific one, the second member of a known pair, or if you prefer, a different one which we have already pointed out and are thinking about.

Another means one other but it doesn't matter which one.