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Another / The other

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ADJECTIVE +
PRONOUN
NOUN
singular another stone (is) another (is)
open group
plural other stones (are) others (are)
the other stone (is)
singular the other (is)
closed group the other stones
plural the others (are)
(are)
Examples
(a) There are many different countries in the world. One is America. Another
country is Japan. Another is Brazil. Other countries are Canada and Korea.
Others are Thailand and China.
(b) I have three backpacks. Two of them are old. The other backpack is new.
(The other is new.)
(c) I have three backpacks. One is new. The other backpacks are old. (The
others are old.)
(d) I will be done in another five minutes.
(e) I need another ten dollars to buy this food.
(f) It is another 4,000 miles to Japan.
Definitions
Another: adj. a different one, more or additional.
Another: pron. one more, an additional one, a different one
Other(s): adj. not the one or ones just mentioned or thought of, different,
additional
Other(s): pron. second, alternate
The other(s): the remaining one, the rest of a specific group
Another: is used as an adjective with expressions of time, money and distance.

Activities 

Another / The other


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PRACTICE
PART ONE: Choose the correct answer from
another other different

1. Give me ________ chance!


another
other
different

2. He doesn't get on well with ________ children.


another
other
different

3. She's not like other girls. She's ________.


different
other
another

4. He is such a player. He goes out with a ________ girl every week.


other
another
different

5. You didn't like that book? I have some ________ books you can read.
another
other
different

6. I'll have ________ beer, please.


other
different
another

7. I can't meet you today. Let's do it some ________ time.


other
another
different

8. This dish is made up of a lot of ________ vegetables.


different
other
another

9. You have to choose a ________ topic.


other
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different
another

10. You have to choose ________ topic.


other
different
another

PART TWO: Choose the correct answer from


another other others the other the others

I forgot my pencil. Do you have any pencils?


I'm still hungry. Can I have steak?
We have two VCRs in the house. One is for the family. is mine.
Tania has three jackets. One of them is white. are black.
There are many kinds of colours in the world. One is pink. Blue and green are .

PART THREE: Choose the correct answer A, B, C or D

1. There are three pieces of fruit in my basket. One is an orange, one is a lemon and
......... is an apple.
(a) others
(b) the other
(c) another
(d) the others

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


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

There are four girls in my apartment. Two are called Casey and Amber. ......... are
Joanne and Lindsey.

(a) Others
(b) The others
(c) Another
(d) The other
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There are several holidays in Brazil. One is Independence Day and ......... are Children's
Day and Teacher's Day.
(a) some
others
(b) another
(c) the others
(d) the other

My friend has two cars. One is black and ......... is red.


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

6. My mom speaks three languages. One is English and ......... one is French.
(a) others
(b) the other
(c) another
(d) the others

7. There are eight pets in my house. Six are cats and ......... are dogs.

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

There are 50 states in the United States. One is North Carolina and ......... are Virginia
and Kentucky.

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

My neighbour has four kids. One of them is a boy and ......... are girls.

(a) the others


(b) other
(c) another
(d) the other
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There are three books in my backpack. One is a maths book and ......... is a chemistry
book.
(a) others
(b) another
(c) the other
(d) the others
SOURCE: http://www.english-test.net/esl/learn/english/grammar/ei074/esl-test.php

ANSWERS:

PART ONE: 1 another 2 other 3 different 4 different 5 other 6 another 7 other 8 different
9 different 10 another

PART TWO: A other B another C the other D the others E the others

PART THREE: 1c 2d 3b4a 5b 6c (and the other one is the third one) 7d 8c 9a 10b (The third is
the other one)

Typical mistakes:
Where are the others photos?
The another boy was smaller

When other is used as an adjective , it cannot have plural form.


Others is only used as a pronoun, to mean other ones or other
people.
Compare:

Where are the other photos?


Have you got any other colours?
Some metals are magnetic and others aren’t.
Can you tell the others that I’ll be late?
ANOTHER can be used in the sense of ‘an additional’, ‘an extra’.
Can I have another pint of beer, please?
Another can also be used in this way before a plural expression
beginning with a number or few.
Another three pints, please.
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