Grammar

Difference Between Another, Other, The other, Others And The others

 

What is the Difference Between Another, Other, The other, Others And The others
Difference Between Another, Other, The other, Others And The others

Difference Between Another, Other, The other, Others And The others

1. Another:

We use another with singular countable nouns and with uncountable nouns it means ‘one more’ or ‘an extra thing or person’ or ‘an alternative or different.

  • Would you like another coffee? (as a determiner)
  • There are a few students in our class. One student is from Islamabad. Another student is from Karachi. Other students are from Quetta. (as a pronoun)

2. Other:

We can use other with uncountable nouns and singular or plural countable nouns as explained below:
1. Used to refer to people things that are additional or different.

  • There are a few students in our class. One student is from Islamabad. Another student is from Karachi. Other students are from Quetta
  • This one’s too big. Do you have it in other sizes?

2. Other can be placed before the pronoun “ones” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.

  • We don’t want these pairs. We want the other ones.

3. Used to refer to the second of two people or things.

  • My other sister is a doctor.

3. The other:

We can use the other with singular or plural countable nouns.
1. With singular noun means the second of two things or people.

  • We have two cars; one is corolla the other is land cruiser.

2. The other with plural noun means the remaining people or things in a group.

  • There are ten students in our class. Five of them are from Islamabad. The other students are from Quetta.

4. Others:

We use others with countable plural nouns as a pronoun and it means the remaining people or things in a set.

  • There are a few students in our class. One is from Islamabad. Another is from Karachi. Others are from Quetta.

5. The others:

Often the others refers to the other peoples.

  • There are ten students in our class. Six of them are from Islamabad. The others are from Quetta.

What is the difference between other and others?

Other is followed by a noun or a pronoun.
Others is a pronoun and is NOT followed by a noun.

  • These pots are too big. Do you have any other pots?
  • These posts are too big. Do you have any others?

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4 comments

Camille July 3, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Hello, I have a question:

If I could say “any others” instead of “any other pots” in the sentence that you provided, I believe that I could also have said “any other ones”, right?

I believe “any other ones” is a third interchangeable option that does not interfere too much in the sense of the sentence. Am I correct?

Thank you.

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BISMO July 3, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Hi dear Camille,
According to grammar your sentence makes a correct sense and is correct.

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ando October 10, 2018 at 7:23 am

hello, for this one “These posts are too big. Do you have any others?”
is it correct to replace with “These posts are too big. Do you have another ones?”
thanks

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BISMO October 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

Hello Ando,
Your sentence is not correct grammatically because another refers to a one thing or a person.

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