Difference Words

With count Nouns

With noun-count nouns

ð An + other + singular (one more)

1. Another pencil = one more pencil


ð The other + singular noun (last of the set)

1. The other pencil = the last pencil present


ð Other + plural noun (more of the set)

1. Other pencils = some more pencils

ð Other + noun – count nouns (more of the set )

1. Other water = some more water

ð The other + plural noun (the rest of the set)

1. The other pencils = all remaining pencils

ð The other + noun-count noun( all the rest)

1. The other water = the remaining water

Note : another and other are non specific while the other in specific. If the subject is understood , one can omit the noun and keep the determiner and other so that other functions as a pronoun. If it is a plural count noun that is omitted, other becomes others. The word other can never be plural if it is followed by a noun.

Exercises :

1. This pen isn’t working. Please give me another (singular)

2. If you are still thirsty. I will make another pot of coffee.

3. This dictionary has a page missing. Please give me the other (the last one)

4. He doesn’t need those books. He needs the other (all the remaining)

5. There are thirty people in the room. Twenty are from Latin America and the other are from other countries.

6. Six people were in the store. Two were buying meat another was looking at magazines another was eating a candy bar the other were walking around looking fore more foods.

7. This glass of milk is sour another glass of milk is sour too.

8. The army was practicing its drill. One group was doing artillery practice. Another was marching, another was at attention, and the other was practicing combat tactics

9. There are seven students from Japan the other are from Iran, and the other are from other places.

10. We looked at four cars today. The first two were far too expensive, but the other ones were reasonable priced.

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