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Other vs. another #1 (permalink) Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:13 am   Other vs. another
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #74 "Other/another/others/the others", question 2

I have two pencils. One is black, ......... is blue.

(a) another
(b) the others
(c) others
(d) the other

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #74 "Other/another/others/the others", answer 2

I have two pencils. One is black, the other is blue.

Correct answer: (d) the other

Your answer was: incorrect
I have two pencils. One is black, another is blue.
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What is the difference to use another and the other?
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Other vs. another #2 (permalink) Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:22 am   Other vs. another
 

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Just like a/an and the: previous mention or specificity.

I broke my pencil; give me another (= any other among several).
I broke my pencil; give me the other (= only one other is available).
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OTHER(S), ANOTHER, THE OTHER(S) #3 (permalink) Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:45 am   OTHER(S), ANOTHER, THE OTHER(S)
 

hi Marion
Mister Micawber has done a great explanation on that! Thanks!
Another - it's indefinite (give me another pen= you are not specific about what other pen, it's just any other)

The other - it's more definite. (give me the other pen = it gives the impression that there is no other choice but "the" other one available). I hope I'm not making this too confusing.
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Other vs. another #4 (permalink) Thu Apr 23, 2009 20:53 pm   Other vs. another
 

Welcome everybody,
Altought it seems to be logical, it is dificult to me agree with this translation. In my book was mentioned that if we have to choose from among two things we should use another for this second
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Other vs. another #5 (permalink) Thu Apr 23, 2009 22:59 pm   Other vs. another
 

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Your book seems to be wrong, Anlab. Could you copy out that part for me to read?
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Other vs. another #6 (permalink) Fri Apr 24, 2009 17:58 pm   Other vs. another
 

Mister Micawber wrote:
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Your book seems to be wrong, Anlab. Could you copy out that part for me to read?
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I will try to find it, but it can be a little difficult because I have many and I haven't remeber which one it is. Meantime I will try to absorb your explanation and remember it. Mayby it is stupid but I was so sure my principle that I didn't wonder any moment and my result suprised me completely.

B.r.

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Other vs. another #7 (permalink) Fri Apr 24, 2009 22:55 pm   Other vs. another
 

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If it is correct, it should be in all of your grammar books, Ana. By the way, do not use 'b.r.'-- it is quite rude in that it shows that you cannot go to the trouble of fully expressing your regards.
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Other vs. another #8 (permalink) Fri Apr 24, 2009 23:49 pm   Other vs. another
 

Hello Mister Micawber

I am sorry. I would not like to be rude. You are right that it should be in all books, I have lost one hour and I cannot find any one where is this problem described. You do not think that I am very stubborn. It must have been sth. about this because my colleagues did the some mistakes and their remarks (explanation) were lsimilar. But.. no problem. I think, there is no point in looking for that information. If I find, I will send you. I have to take your rules and to remind they.

By the way about abbreviation. It seems to be my (and my colleagues) bad habit. I work for a big international company and there all people, begining from top managers, use many different abbreviation. So sory again.

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Other vs. another #9 (permalink) Sat Apr 25, 2009 0:22 am   Other vs. another
 

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Hi Ana,

Yes, I know that such abbreviations are a bad habit for many people, especially e-mailers. I told you because I hope that you will help spread the word about over-using abbreviations just because they are quick.

As for the grammar point: you should certainly be stubborn if you believe you are right, but some authoritative back-up is really needed.

Here is Princeton University's Wordnet definition:

another:
any of various alternatives; some other; "put it off to another (or some other) day"


And this is from the on-line Merriam-Webster dictionary:

other: 1 a: being the one (as of two or more) remaining or not included <held on with one hand and waved with the other one> b: being the one or ones distinct from that or those first mentioned or implied <taller than the other boys>
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Other vs. another #10 (permalink) Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:42 am   Other vs. another
 

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Hi

It seems to me that 'one' which is used after 'the other' in this context and refers to the previously specified noun, only adds more emphasis and can be omitted:
held on with one hand and waved with the other (one).
Be that the case, can we come up with a general rule about it?

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other and another #11 (permalink) Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:15 am   other and another
 

can anybody help me with this problem please? explain to me when should we use other or another?
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Other vs. another #12 (permalink) Sat Dec 19, 2009 14:46 pm   Other vs. another
 

This can help:

http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic6280.html#other_vs_another
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Difference between other and another #13 (permalink) Thu Feb 04, 2010 14:57 pm   Difference between other and another
 

Hi,

What is the difference between other and another?

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What is the difference between "other" and "another"? #14 (permalink) Wed Mar 31, 2010 5:48 am   What is the difference between "other" and "another"?
 

Hello everybody,
Please tell me what the difference between "other" and "another".
Thank you very much,
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Other vs. another #15 (permalink) Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:06 am   Other vs. another
 

Other - a different thing
Another - one more of the same thing.

e.g.

Did you see that other car? It seems much newer than ours!

I would buy another car, but I don't have enough money!
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