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(The) other/ (the) others
1) ‘OTHER' : = Indefinite adjective + noun (singular or plural) => like all adjectives, it remains in the singular.
* 'Other' is used to refer to a person or a thing which is different from the one already mentioned or known.
- Pete and Paul decided to watch their series on TV whereas the other boys went to play football outside.
* When there are two elements, 'other' can represent the alternative, the second possibility.
- He has two kids; one is a teacher, the other one is a doctor.
* Used as an adjective, with a number and a noun, 'other' precedes the number and behaves like an adjective.
- There were eight volunteer students to paint the wall, six were girls but the other two were boys.
2) THE OTHER(S)= INDEFINITE PRONOUN : (Replaces a noun and takes the characteristics of this noun.): it is preceded by a determiner. It takes the mark of the plural :
'the other one' = singular => the others/ the other ones = plural
- Some travellers were watching the video, the others/ the other ones were trying to sleep before the landing!
* ANOTHER: Indefinite adjectifve or pronoun , when it's used with an indefinite article, 'an + other' must be written in one word only = ANOTHER.
- No, thank you. I don't want this cake... Can you give me another chocolate one, please?
Please, NEVER write *** an another... as I have so often read in students' tests...
* EVERY OTHER DAY: 'every other...' means 'not each one in a series', but every two' or ‘every second'.
- Every other day of the week means, for example: on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
* ON THE ONE HAND, ON THE OTHER HAND...: is an expression which is used when you are comparing two different facts or two opposite ways of thinking about a situation:
- On the one hand, he's easy-going and pleasant, but on the other hand, he can be so jealous that he's very hard to live with!
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