ANOTHER and OTHER

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jesusengland

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Hello.

Which is the difference between OTHER and ANOTHER?

Thanks.

Jesus.
 

Horsa

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"another" can only be used with a singular noun - another person, another woman, another group, another house, etc.

"other" can be used with plural nouns - other people, other women, other groups, other houses, etc.

"another" is like a/an - a car/another car (we don't know exactly which car)

"other" is often used with the definite article + singular or plural noun - the other car (we do know which car)/the other houses (we do know which houses)

Hope that helps:)
 

engee30

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"another" can only be used with a singular noun - another person, another woman, another group, another house, etc.

There are situations when another can be used with a plural noun:

Grandpa gave me another ten pounds yesterday. (here, another means ten pounds more or extra ten pounds)

It absolutely alright to say that another can only be used with a singular noun since we treat ten pounds not as single units but as a whole (= an (extra) sum of money); here are some other examples:

We'll have to walk another two miles to get to the nearest gas station. (two miles = length, an (extra) two-miles' walk)

I'm going to stay in Germany for another three days. (three days = a period of time, an (extra) three-days' time)
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