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    #1

    "other" or "the other"

    Hello.

    Which one of the sentences below are correct?

    1. I recognized the driver, but I couldn't recognize other occupants of the car.
    2. I recognized the driver, but I couldn't recognize the other occupants of the car.

    If the both are correct, which is more common/natural? Do they mean the same?

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    #2

    Re: "other" or "the other"

    2 is correct.
    "The" is used for "driver"; why not "other occupants"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: "other" or "the other"

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    "The" is used for "driver"; why not "other occupants"?
    I don't know. The first sentence I found in the English-Polish Dictionary Online http://getionary.pl/szukaj.html?q=recognize and I thought that was wrong because is without "the" before "other"- and I see I am right? The second sentence I created by myself.

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    #4

    Re: "other" or "the other"

    Both are grammatically correct.
    Your second example means "... couldn't recognize all the other occupants ..."


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    #5

    Re: "other" or "the other"

    Yes, but...

    If you use it without the "the" it does indeed suggest you recognized some of the occupants plus the driver. It's a very incomplete thought.

    I recognized the driver. I couldn't recognize others in the car, but the person in the front passenger seat also looked a little familiar.
    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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