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The difference between "other" and "another" Who knows the difference between "other" and "another" ?
Feb 19, 2018 12:15 PM
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It is not quite as simple as stated above.

Other refers to something specific. I need the two blue pegs. I have one of them and I want the other one. I want the blue peg, not a green, red or yellow one.

Another literally "an other". I have one peg and I need another peg. (it can be red, blue, green or yellow.) I do not care which peg.

I can make another plural by adding a number.  I need another two pegs. Again the colour is not important. Any colour pegs are fine.

February 19, 2018

The words another and other mean the same thing, except that another is used with a singular noun and other is used with uncountable and plural nouns:

another means 'one other' or 'a different one' or 'one more'

She’s going to the cinema with another friend.   [plural noun 'friend']

Do you have (any/some) other advice for me?    [uncountable 'advice']
She’s going to the cinema with other friends.     [plural'friends']

February 19, 2018

Wow . Great point 

Thanks u so much dear Graham

February 19, 2018
Thank you so much dear italki friends 
February 19, 2018
Not sure exactly but I would guess that "other" can function like an adjective, meaning it is a kind of attribute that one or many things can possess. "Another" however, seems more like a countable noun, referring to things of a kind, effectively combining the indefinite article "an" and the word, ""other. "Others" could also be seen as a kind of countable noun, except in the plural form. 
February 19, 2018
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