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I know that I can use "another" only with singular and "other" with plural.
Should I say then: Can you give me another example? OR Can you give me other example?
It's a very good question indeed. I also would like to know what's the rule behind it, please. Does it has to do with the fact of being singular/plural or countable/uncountable?
Last edited by colloquium; 04-Oct-2008 at 16:17.
So I cannot say: He's got two brothers. One of them lives in Paris and works as a policeman. His another brother, however, lives in Rome.
You could write:
He has a brother who lives in Paris and works as a policeman; he also has another brother who lives in Rome.
Another tends to follow verbs or prepostions.
We went to another club.
She lives in another town.
They have another car.
He wants another beer.
Perhaps it is because another has an article built into it (so to speak).
He wants the other beer. (meaning: not this one but that one)
He wants another beer. (meaning: he would like an additional beer: one more; whether he has drunk the first or not is unimportant)
The meanings, although different, aren't really important to my point: I am trying to show that in a sense the other and another perform similar functions aside from the fact that one is a single word and the other two words.
Coming back to your original sentence
His another brother, however, lives in Rome.
You already have a determiner (his). If we think of another as a determiner and a seperate word (like the other) - the sentence begins with two determiners, which is clearly not necessary (nor grammatical).
His another brother = His the other brother...
The is not needed in the above 2nd sentence; therefore neither is the an part of another in the 1st: if we remove the an part, what do we have left? His other brother, which is correct.
So another shouldn't be preceeded by a determiner.
A) Would you like another beer?
B) Another one would be great.
A) Would you like an/the another beer? X (Would you like the other beer)
B) An/the another one would be great. X (The other one would be great)
This is perhaps a woefully inadequate way of explaining this: and is based not on my learned knowledge, but on logical reasoning in my head (not a good thing to rely on when dealing with grammar!).
Hopefully some else can offer a better, more robust explanation: I am sorry I can't.
Last edited by colloquium; 04-Oct-2008 at 17:50.
I think your explanations are quite good.
We do not use "another" after possessive pronoun or possessive phrase, but after a verb or a preposition.