May 122012
 

Another, other, the other + N

Another + N singular (N singular = N indefinite)

Ex:  My pen is broken, I need another pen.

(I need “another pen” but this pen is indefinite because I don’t know which pen I have or where it comes from)

 

Other + N plural (N plural = N indefinite)

Ex:  My pens are broken, I need other pens.

(I need “other pens” but I don’t know which pens I have or where they come from)

 

Other + N uncount = more

Ex: My coffee is not enough sugar, can you give me other sugar?

(other sugar = more sugar)

 

The other + N singular (N singular = N definite)

Ex:   My pen is broken, I need the other pen on that table.

(I need “the other pen” and we know that it’s on that table)

– The other + N plural (N plural = N definite)

Ex: My pens are broken, I need the other pens on that table.

(I need “the other pens” and we know that they’re on that table)

 

The other + N uncount = the rest

Ex: Can you give me the other sugar on the table?

(the other sugar on the table = the rest of the sugar on the table)

 

Another, others, the others without Noun:

Another = Another + N singular

Ex: My pen is broken. I need another pen.

or   My pen is broken. I need another.

 

The other = the other + N singular

Ex: My pen is broken. I need the other pen on that table.

or   My pen is broken. I need the other on that table.

 

Others = Other + N plural

Ex: My pens are broken. I need other pens?

or   My pens are broken. I need others?

 

The others = the other + N plural

Ex: My pen are broken. I need the other pens on that table?

or   My pen is broken. I need the others on that table?

 

 Exercise: Circle the correct answer

1.  My pencil is broken, I must use                                  pencil.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

2. My pencils are broken, I must use                              pencils.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

3. This soup doesn’t have enough salt, we need                                  salt.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

4. My pencil is broken, I must use                                   pencil in my bag.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

5. My pencils are broken, I must use                              pencils in my bag.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

6. Can you give me                                                  salt on the table.

a. another                             b. other

c. the other                           d. others

7.  My pencil is broken, I must use                                 .

a. another                             b. the other

c. others                                d. the others

8. My pencils are broken, I must use                             .

a. another                             b. the other

c. others                                d. the others

9. My pencil is broken, I must use                                   in my bag.

a. another                             b. the other

c. others                                d. the others

10. My pencils are broken, I must use                           in my bag.

a. another                             b. the other

c. others                                d. the others

Solution:

1. a                             2. b                             3. b                             4. c

5. c                              6. c                              7. a                             8. c

9. b                             10. d

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