# Thread: others vs the others

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## others vs the others

Some boys are singing, and the others are dancing.
Some boys are singing, and others are dancing.

Is there any difference?

2. ## Re: others vs the others

Yes, there is a difference.

The first means that all the boys who aren't singing are dancing.
The second means that some of the boys who aren't singing are dancing.

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## Re: others vs the others

Is my chart right based on your explanation?

Can I say "Some boys are singing, others are dancing, and the others are drawing" as per Chart 2?

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## Re: others vs the others

No. I'd write Some of the boys because I'm dividing "the boys" into groups. The last clause should say the rest are drawing. We say "the rest" when we've listed several items and wish to include all the remaining ones in a final assertion.

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