Exercise 1

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

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

2I'd like beer, please.

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

4I think you should see people.

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

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

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

8Forget about this now. We have problems.

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

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


 

 

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)

 


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