another / other / others

The word other is an adjective. It refers to something different.

  • The teacher held a textbook in one hand and a pencil in the other hand.

    The word “other” is often used with “the.” It can be used with singular or plural nouns:

  • We crossed to the other side of the street.
  • I liked the lesson, but the other students thought it was boring. the others students
  • Let’s finish this task and leave the other tasks for tomorrow. the others tasks
  • thers is a noun, and we use it when we DON’T say the noun specifically. It can only be used for plural things:
  • I liked the lesson, but the others thought it was boring.
  • Let’s finish this task and leave the others for tomorrow. or the other tasks (implied)

    The word another is used when you are talking about one additional thing:

  • I ate two slices of pizza and I’m still hungry, so I’m going to eat another one. (one more slice of pizza)
  • The Harrisons just had another baby – now they have five children!

    (one more baby)

    It can also be used to describe something different, like a/an + other:

  • I don’t understand. Could you give me another example?

    So what’s the difference between “the other” (when use for a singular noun) and “another” (also singular)? “The other” is specific – it is when there are only two options. “Another” is general – it describes one of many options.

  • There was a red shirt and a blue shirt. I look terrible in red, so I bought the other shirt. (= the blue one, the only option different from the red shirt).
  • I don’t like this red shirt. Do you have it in another color?

    (another color = one other color among many possibilities)