English Grammar: ANOTHER vs OTHER vs OTHERS vs THE OTHER

What's the difference between another, other, others and the other


Examples:

  • Do you have another question? – singular and general
  • Do you have any other questions? – plural
  • I prefer the other one – singular and specific
  • My boss and your boss really hate one another – a shared condition
  • We need to think of one other possible solution – an alternative
  • I like one or two of his songs but the others are awful – the rest

1. They can be adjectives in sentences

One girl was wearing a white dress. The other girl was wearing a red one.

(‘Other’ is describing or qualifying the noun ‘girl.’ So, it’s an adjective.)

  • Another girl was wearing a pink T-shirt.

 (‘Another’ is qualifying ‘girl’ so it’s an adjective; only used with singular nouns because it means ‘one other.’] 

  • Some girls were playing soccer. The other girls were lying in the sun.

 [‘Other’ is still an adjective. Adjectives are invariable, so they never change for singular or plural. In this case, ‘girls’ is plural, but ‘other’ doesn’t change because it’s an adjective.]

Other, the other, another are adjectives when they are describing a noun.

2. They can be pronouns in sentences

In the following sentences we don’t want to repeat the word ‘girl’ so we use a pronoun. If we

refer to one girl we use ‘other’, and if there are more girls we use the plural ‘others.’ ‘Another’

means one more, so it’s only used to replace a singular noun.

  • One girl was wearing a white dress. The other was wearing a red one. [The other girl]
  • And another was wearing a pink T-shirt. [One more girl]
  • Some girls were playing soccer. The others were lying in the sun. [The other girls]

(‘The others’ is replacing ‘the other girls,’ so it’s a pronoun. Pronouns change for singular or

plural.)

Other, the other, another are pronouns when they are replacing a noun. They can be singular or plural.

3. ‘Others’ vs. ‘the others’

Both are pronouns, that is, they stand for a noun. ‘Others’ is more vague, we are not determining how many others, or which other ones. ‘The others’ is more specific; it stands for all the rest.

  • Some people prefer vanilla ice cream. Others prefer chocolate. (It’s vague. We are not specifying how many others.)
  • Some people decided to go to the beach. The others stayed at home. (All the rest. The ones that didn’t go to the beach.)

What's Your Reaction?

Confused Confused
0
Confused
Sad Sad
2
Sad
Geeky Geeky
1
Geeky
Haha Haha
0
Haha
Wow Wow
1
Wow
Hard Hard
0
Hard
Easy Easy
2
Easy
What? What?
2
What?

Comments 0

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

English Grammar: ANOTHER vs OTHER vs OTHERS vs THE OTHER

log in

Become a part of our community!
Don't have an account?
sign up

reset password

Back to
log in

sign up

Join ESL Buzz Community

Back to
log in
Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format