What Are Alternative Pro-forms?
Alternative means 'choice.' When we have many choices, we talk about one, another, and the other. These words signal the alternatives.
Because of their meaning, some determiners, pronouns, and adverbs are usually used in alternative contexts. Let's have a look:
Other as a Determiner
'Other' as a determiner means 'alternative' or 'different' types of something. It is used:
- with singular uncountable nouns
I'm afraid I have some bad news, but
Our website sells pop music. It sells no
- with plural nouns
We surveyed children from
If we use 'other' before a singular countable noun, we must use another determiner before it.
I don't like the purple one. I prefer the
We need to discuss our
'Other' as a determiner does not have a plural form.
As a pronoun, other can both have a singular and a plural form.
We have to tackle this issue, more than any
Attached are two photos to this email and
When 'other' as a pronoun refers to more than one person or thing, it takes the plural form.
Some people agreed;
The Other as a Determiner
The Other with Singular Countable Nouns
Before a singular countable noun, It can be used to give an additional choice or alternative, usually when there are two alternatives. It can also mean different types of something.
This room is occupied. Please use
This book has many illustrations.
The Other with Plural Nouns
Using 'the other' with a plural noun means we are referring to the remaining people or things in a group.
Sam and Mike are here, but where are
(the remaining people in a group)
Have you eaten
(the remaining things in a group – here six eggs)
The Other as a Pronoun
'The other' can be used as a pronoun, especially when we want to refer back to something already mentioned.
She had her drink in one hand and her cigarette in
I have two puppies, one is black and
When we use the indefinite article 'an' before 'other', we get: another.
It means one more or an alternative or an additional.
Another as a Determiner
We use 'another' with singular nouns.
Would you like
I don’t like this place. Is there
Another as a Pronoun
We can use 'another' as a pronoun. Take a look at some examples:
I don't like this book. Do you have
After you finish reading this book, you should start reading
'Another' is singular. We do not use it with plural nouns.
Another wonderful movies to watch include The Star Wars and The Lord of The Rings.
Else with Indefinite Pronouns
We can use 'else' after indefinite pronouns and 'all' to mean 'other,' 'another,' 'different' or 'additional.'
I was free to go, as was everyone
Else with Wh-words
'Else' is used after wh- question words to mean besides or in addition to someone or something. It is also used to talk about a different person, thing, place, etc.
If I can't trust you, who
Do not use 'else' after which.