OTHER (adjective)

Other is an adjective meaning ‘different’ or ‘the second of two items’.
Other can be used with singular or plural nouns.
Here are some examples :

  • There’s some water left in this bottle. The other bottle is empty.
  • Some children learn quickly but other children need more time.
  • I can’t find my other shoe.
  • Have you got any other questions?

Other can be used before ‘one’ or ‘ones’ when the meaning is clear from the text.

  • I’m not going to wear this dress. I prefer the other one.
  • These shoes don’t go well with the dress. The other ones look better.

OTHER/OTHERS (pronoun)

Other can also be a pronoun to refer to things or people. The plural form is others.

  • 80% of the students arrive on time.
    The others (the other students) are always late.
  • There are two cookies left.  You have one and I’ll have the other.
  • Only half of the guests have arrived.  Where are the others?

ANOTHER (adjective)

When we use ‘an’ before ‘other’, we write it as one word: another.
Another expresses quantity.  It means ‘additional’ or ‘one more’.

We use another with singular nouns: another chair, another day.

  • There are six people for dinner but there are only 5 plates.
    We need another plate.
  • This cake is delicious.  Could I have another slice please?
  • Please give me another chance.  I promise to try harder.

Another can be used before a plural noun when that noun is preceded by a number,or words/phrases such as a couple of, few etc.

  • The investigation will take another two weeks/couple of weeks.

Another can be used before “one” when the meaning is clear from the preceding text.

  • You’ve already had an ice-cream. You can’t have another one.

Another can also mean ‘an alternative’ or ‘different’

  • This place isn’t great. Is there another place we could go to?
  • I’m not happy with this product.  Next time I’ll buy another brand.

ANOTHER (pronoun)

We can use another as a pronoun:

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