Another vs. Other vs. Others

English Grammar


Quick Summary: What is the difference between another and other?

A simple rule to help you remember the difference between another and other is:

another + singular noun
other + plural noun
others (a pronoun to replace other + plural noun)

The difference between Another, Other and Others in English

When to use ANOTHER

Another means:

Another is a determiner (and a qualifier) that goes before a singular countable noun or a pronoun.

Another + Singular Countable noun

Another can be followed by a singular countable noun.

Another + One

Another can be placed before “one” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.

Another as a pronoun

Sometimes another is used as a pronoun.

Note: you can also say: “I think I’ll have another one.” and “Let’s ask for another one.”

Another + number + plural noun

Another can be used before a plural noun when there is a number before that noun or before phrases such as a couple of, a few etc.

Remember another is ONE word not two words (an other is incorrect)



When to use OTHER

Other is a determiner that goes before plural countable nouns, uncountable nouns or a pronoun.

Other + Plural Countable Noun

Other can be followed by a plural countable noun.

Other + Ones

Other can be placed before the pronoun “ones” when the meaning is clear from the text before it.

Note: you can say other one when it refers to wanting the alternative.

Others as a pronoun

Others replaces “other ones” or "other + plural noun".
Only others can be used as a pronoun and not other.

Others - the others

Often “(the) others” refers to “(the) other people”.

What is the difference between other and others?

Other is followed by a noun or a pronoun
Others is a pronoun and is NOT followed by a noun.



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