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Another, other, others, the other, the others

Grammar chart explaining the use of 'another', 'other', 'others', 'the other', and 'the others' with correct examples and common mistakes marked for B1 Intermediate English learners.

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Another vs other (determiners)

We can use another and other as determiners, i.e. before a noun.

Use another + a singular noun.

  • I need another cup of coffee.

Use other + a plural noun.

  • I want to talk to other doctors.

Note that determiners don’t have a plural form. We say:

  • I want to talk to others doctors. blank
  • I want to talk to other doctors. blank

Another vs others (pronouns)

We can use another as a pronoun, i.e. not followed by a noun.

  • I’ve already had one beer, but I’ll have another

Others is always a pronoun, i.e. never followed by a noun.

  • I don’t want to use these glasses. Aren’t there any others? (=other glasses)

Other vs others

We normally use other + a plural noun.

  • I want to see other shops before deciding. 

Others is a pronoun, i.e. not followed by a noun.

  • A lot of volunteers have joined us, but we need to find others

The other, the others

The other + noun

Use the other + a singular noun to mean ‘the second of two things or people, or the opposite of a set of two’.

  • This computer here is new. The other computer is about five years old.

We could also say the other one instead of the other computer.

Use the other + a plural noun to mean ‘the remaining people or things in a group or set’.

  • Joel and Karen are here, but where are the other kids? (the remaining kids in the group)

The other or the others (without a noun)

We can also use the other as a pronoun (not followed by a noun).

  • This computer here is new. The other is about five years old.

We can also use the others as a pronoun (not followed by a noun).

  • Joel and Karen are here, but where are the others? (the remaining kids in the group)