Unit 8.2

Another vs Other vs The other

Determiners

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Introduction

Determiners are modifiers of nouns. They can provide a wide range of information. {see Determiners, A2 level}

Another, other and the other look similar but they have differences in meaning.

Form

Another, other and the other are determiners used to give more information about a noun.

They have different positions:

  • Another goes with singular countable nouns;
  • Other goes with plural countable and uncountable nouns;
  • The other goes with singular and plural, countable and uncountable nouns.

Example

  • I would love another glass of rosé, please.
  • Have you got any other curtains?
  • He heard some other information on how to decorate his house.
  • This mirror here is big. The other mirror one is small.
  • She’s got two sons. One son is 12. The other son is only 2.

Use

We use these determiners when we talk about the same things or people in a sentence:

  • Another when the meaning is one more (an additional item/thing/person…);
  • Other when something/someone is different from something/someone mentioned before, and it also gives the meaning of extra, additional;
  • The other when something/someone is the second of two things or people, or the opposite.

Summary

Another, other and the other are determiners used to give more information about a noun.

They have different positions:

  • Another goes with singular countable nouns when the meaning is one more (an additional item/thing/person…);
  • Other goes with plural countable and uncountable nouns when something/someone is different from something/someone mentioned before and it also gives the meaning of extra, additional;
  • The other goes with singular and plural, countable and uncountable nouns when something/someone is the second of two things or people, or the opposite.

For example:
— “I bought another house last week.” = I bought one house more even though I have one house already.
— “I bought other houses last week.” = I bought many more houses.
— “There were 2 houses in that district. I didn’t like the red one, so I bought the other one.” = I didn’t choose the red one, I bought the remaining house.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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