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    #1

    (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    What is difference between these two pairs?
    In Modern English by Marcella Frank it is mentioned that the former refers to individual persons or things in a set of two and the latter refers to two individual items in an open set that may be extended.

    But I think they can be used interchangably.

    He had two books. The one in his left hand is for Marry, the other/another in his right hand is for John.

    Are they any differences between these two pairs at all?

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    Re: (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    They cannot be used interchangeably.

    Follow Ms Frank's advice.

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    Re: (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    What does it mean that it can be extended? I can't understand it because in the examples relating to the pair one ... another in Marcella Frank's book , they have ALSO been extended to some degree.
    Last edited by toloue_man; 25-Apr-2013 at 09:04. Reason: Mistake

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    Re: (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    'He has two books; one is for Mary and the other is for John.'

    'He has three books; one is for Mary, another is for John and the other is for Gaylord.'

    Here comes the extension:

    'He has several books; one is for Hortense, another is for Blodwen, another is for Clytemnestra and the others are going to the charity shop.

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    #5

    Re: (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    Can we also say the following sentence?
    'He has several books; one is for Hortense, one is for Blodwen, and another is for Clytemnestra.

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    #6

    Re: (the) one ... the other VS one ... another

    Yes.

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