Exercise 2

Choose another, otherothers, the other, the others for each gap below.

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1 I need ______ pen; this one doesn't work.
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b.
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2 I like this bed; ______ is cheap but uncomfortable. Choose TWO correct options
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b.
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3 Thanks, these are some of the books I lent you, but where are ______ ones?
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b.
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4 I don't like this jacket. Let me see ______.
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5 I can't help you now; I'll have to do it ______ time.
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another vs other (determiners)

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

Use another + singular noun.

  • I need another cup of coffee.

Use other + 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 other doctors. (NOT to others doctors)

 

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 + 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 + 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 + 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 + noun

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

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