Use of other|others|and another.

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Use of other.

  • Word: other.
  • Parts of speech: determiner (adjective).
  • Meaning: additional.
This phone has many other features.

Likewise, if we want to talk about alternate or other things. The determiner other is used. In short, many people mistake this determiner position. Generally, a determiner appears before a noun or pronoun. A determiner is an adjective, and an adjective qualifies the noun and pronoun. Thus, Use of other|others|and another is significant.

He has many ‘others‘ friends. in this sentence the word “others” is incorrect. As it has come before a noun “friends”. Thus the word “others” is a determiner. And, a determiner has not attributed to be plural. In other words, a determiner can not be pluralized. We use it for plural.

Some other examples:

  1. There is no other work available for you.
  2. Is there any other executive we should ask?
  3. I am looking for other jobs.
  4. Can tell me the other synonyms of the word work.
  5. Do you have any other options?
  6. You need to consult some other doctors.
  7. They have some other problems.

The determiner, “other” is qualifying the nouns, work, executive, jobs, synonyms, options, doctors, and problems

determiners attribute is to qualify the noun and pronoun.

Use of others.

  • Word: other.
  • Parts of speech: pronoun.
  • Meaning: the second of two things or people.
Hold the racket in one hand and the ball in the other.

Most importantly, we need to know that the pronoun and the noun have only property to become a subject or an object. In this sentence “hold the racket in one hand and the ball in the other”, the word ‘other’ is a pronoun, taking the position of an object. Use of other|others|and another is significant.

Some analysis, If we add the noun “hand” after the word other. like “hold the racket in one hand and the ball in the other hand“, then the word ” other” will become a determiner.

Some other examples:

  1. Some people like living in big cities, but others prefer the village. (in this sentence the word “others” is taking the position of a subject. Thus the word “others” is a plural form of the pronoun “other”).
  2. Some people prefer to play cricket, while others prefer football.
  3. He invited some people in the morning and announced to invite others in the evening.
  4. I only know about this phone, but there might be others.
  5. We shouldn’t expect others to help us.

Use of another.

  • Word: another.
  • Parts of speech: determiner/pronoun.
  • Meaning: one more person or thing or an extra amount:
Another is used for singular.

The determiner another is used for singular. When we discuss about two thins. One we have an one more we talk about. Remember, we have learned about the determiner other that is used for plural.

Some other examples:

  1. I’m going to have another piece of bread.
  2. He wants another cup of tea.
  3. They can score another century.
  4. We can not afford another phone.
  5. We have two tickets and need another. (In this sentence the word another is a pronoun).
  6. We have room in the car for another. (In this sentence the word another is a pronoun).

Conclusion:

  • The determiner ” other” is used for plural whereas, another for singular.
  • Pronoun other may be singular or plural itself.

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