How to use “another and other”

Another and other

Another is one word.
He’s bought another car. (NOT … an other car.)

Another can mean ‘an additional, extra’. It is used with singular countable
Could I have another piece of bread?

Another can be used without a noun, or with one, if the meaning is clear from what has come before.
Those cakes are wonderful. Could I have another (one)?

With uncountable and plural nouns, we normally use more, not other, with
this meaning.
Would you like some more meat? (NOT … other meat?)
Would you like some more peas? (NOT … other peas?)

However, we can use another before a plural noun in expressions with few or a number.
I’m staying for another few weeks. We need another three chairs.

(An)other can also mean ‘(an) alternative’, ‘besides / instead of this/these’.
I think we should paint it another colour.
Have you got any other cakes, or are these the only ones?

Other people often means ‘people besides oneself.’
Why don’t you think more about other people?

When other is used with a noun it has no plural form.
Where are the other photos? (NOT … the others photos?)

But used alone, without a noun, it can have a plural form.
I’ve got a lot of photos. Where are the others?
These are too small. Have you got any others?

Normally, other(s) is only used alone if it refers to a noun that has been
mentioned before. An exception is the common plural use of
(the) others to
(the) other people.

He never thinks of others.     Jack has arrived – I must tell others

But not On the phone, One can see the other or He never listens to another

Other is a determiner or pronoun; it is not used exactly like an adjective. So it cannot normally have an adverb before it, or be used after a linking verb.
I’d prefer a completely different color. (NOT … a completely other color.)
You look different with a beard. (NOT You look other … )


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