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Another vs. Other

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Common mistakes

  1. (NG) I know another people who like pizza.
    1. (OK) I know other people who like pizza.
  2. (NG) Don’t you anymore like that guy?
    1. (OK) Don’t you like that guy anymore?

Grammar words and phrases in context

I like to listen to a lot of different kinds of music. Recently, I’ve been getting into some jazz from the 1950s and ’60s. I know there are other kinds of jazz, but I really like musicians like Charlie Parker and Stan Getz. Stan Getz plays bebop, but in the 1960s he got interested in another kind of jazz – the bossa nova. This was a very interesting and new sound, different from the other kinds of popular music in the 1960s. Even if you like other kinds of music, you’ll probably enjoy that sound.

 Another

Another can be broken down into two words, an and other. An means one, like an apple means one apple. So another means one other. We use another plus a singular, countable noun. Another has the meaning of one more or additional.

  1. Let’s meet another day.
  2. I’d like another piece of cake.
  3. This was a productive meeting, but I think we should have another one tomorrow.

 Another is also used to mean a different thing or person than was just mentioned.

  1. I have an appointment at 2, so can we meet at another time?
  2. This sweater is too tight. Can I try another size?
  3. I heard Johnny’s wife left him for another guy.

Other also has the meaning of something different from what was just mentioned. First of all, we can use other with a plural noun.

  1. I like bebop, but I know there are other kinds of jazz.
  2. There are other things to drink besides coffee.
  3. Do you think I look like Johnny Depp? Other people have told me that too!

We also use other to talk about something specific. You can use the other followed by a specific noun, and that noun can be singular, plural, or uncountable

  1. I have two brothers. One of them lives in Canada. The other brother lives in Japan.
  2. I go to school on Monday and Thursday. I work on the other days of the week.
  3. This fruit is ready to eat, but the other fruit is not ripe yet.

It’s also possible to use phrases like one other, a few other, some other, and so on.

  1. This is a nice teacup. I have one other cup in the back room that I can show you.
  2. After I finish this task, I have a few other tasks I need to do.
  3. There are ten boxes here, and some other boxes in the living room that need to be moved.

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