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  • Another, other, others, the other, the others

    Exercise 1

    Choose another, otherothers, the other, the others to complete the sentences below.

    1 I have been to New Zealand, Australia and many countries.

    2 I'd like beer, please.

    3 Where is shoe? There is only this one in the shoe rack.

    4 I think you should see people.

    5 I've talked to Josh and Sarah, but I haven't talked to students yet.

    6 He has two brothers. One is tall and handsome and is short and unattractive.

    7 Ask me question if you want. I know all the answers.

    8 Forget about this now. We have problems.

    9 Only two computers work, all the don't.

    10 Some people voted 'yes', some people voted 'no', and didn't vote.


     

  • Another, other, others, the other, the others

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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)
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