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    Another/Other

    Hello everybody.
    May you tell me what is the difference between words another and other (an other), please?
    Thanks. :)

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    Re: Another/Other

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    Re: Another/Other

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    I'm not a teacher
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    The information bellow has been taken mostly from:
    - Longman's Dictionary of Common Errors by J.B. Heaton and N.D. Turton,
    - Longman's Grammar and Vocabulary for Cambridge Advanced and Proficiency by Side and Wellman, and
    - this BBC site
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    Other means 'different'.

    1. Other people may come later.
    2. I've got most of the other information already.
    3. I've got one of the CDs. Have you got the other? (the other CD)
    4. It's his best book, though he wrote many others. (many other books)
    5. This computer's crashed. Use one of the others. (one of the other computers)

    You can use 'other' before a noun, like an adjective (examples 1 and 2) or you can use it alone, like a noun (examples 3, 4 and 5). You can only add s to 'other' when you use it alone, like a noun, in the plural. So you do say (6) I’ll take this cake, and you can have all the others = all the other cakes. When you use 'other' before a noun, like an adjective, you cannot add s to it. So you say (7) the other houses , and not (8) the others houses , just as you say:(9) the big houses , and not (10) the bigs houses

    'the others' can also mean 'the other people':
    11. Go and tell the others to hurry up.
    12. Tell Jane, I’ll tell the others.


    So, again – when used before a noun, like an adjective, other has no s e.g. (13) the other houses. When it's used alone, like a noun, it has s in the plural:
    14. Do you have any other shoes besides the brown ones?
    15. Besides the brown shoes, do you have any others?


    Another sometimes means 'the same again' and sometimes it means 'a different (one)'.

    16. We'll have to leave this for another day. (a different day)
    17. That piece of cake was good, I'll get you another. (the same again, one more)
    18. This ship is no good, let's try another. (a different one)

    And again, notice that you can use another before a noun, like and adjective (16), or you can use it alone, like a noun (17, 18).

    Normally, you use 'another' only before a singular noun (another day, another piece of cake). But you can also use it with plural phrases with numbers:
    19. I need another few minutes.
    20. You owe me another ten pounds.
    21. I will need another three days to finish this project.


    Compare:
    22. Are there another trains coming soon?
    23. Are there other trains coming soon? OR Is there another train coming soon?

    24. My mum loves that wine, but dad thinks it's too bitter, so he got another one to try out. (= a different one)
    25. My mum loves that wine, so dad got her another bottle. (= and now she has one more of the same type)

    A common phrase:
    I met Alice the other day (= a few days ago)

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