Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Anonymous Guest

    about the usage of "the other"

    Hello,

    I would like to know if the use of the phrase "the other " in the follwoing sentence is correct?

    " The big moutain and the squirrel are two different things and they can never take the place of the other"

    Would it be better if I say ' None of them can take the place of the other" or Neither of them can take the place of each other."
    Which one is more acceptable?

    Many thanks!

    Paula[/quote]

  2. #2
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,546

    Re: about the usage of "the other"

    Quote Originally Posted by paula.cheng
    Hello,

    I would like to know if the use of the phrase "the other " in the follwoing sentence is correct?
    That part is fine. It is a different part of the sentence that needs to be changed.

    " The big moutain and the squirrel are two different things and they can never take the place of the other"
    Better: " The big moutain and the squirrel are two different things, and neither can ever take the place of the other."

    Would it be better if I say ' None of them can take the place of the other" or Neither of them can take the place of each other."
    Which one is more acceptable?
    The second one. You can't use the first.

    Regards,
    RonBee

    8)

  3. #3
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    72,925
    You could also say 'one cannot take the place of the other'. :)

  4. #4
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,546

    Re: about the usage of "the other"

    P.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by paula.cheng
    Hello,


    Would it be better if I say ' None of them can take the place of the other" or Neither of them can take the place of each other."
    Which one is more acceptable?



    Paula
    It would be better to say, "Neither can take the place of the other."

    Regards.
    RonBee

    8)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •