Another vs. Other

These two words are a little bit similar in meaning, but with a little effort, you will get the differences.

What Are Their Main Differences?

'Another' is only used before singular nouns, but 'other' is used before singular uncountable and plural countable nouns.

Differences

Singular or plural Nouns?

  • 'Another':

is followed by a singular noun.

He was angry all the time and it made me nervous. That is another reason which made me leave him.

  • 'Other':

is followed by a plural noun or a singular uncountable noun.

I will sneak out of the school while other students are getting on the bus.

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Another':

can be a pronoun and determiner.

  • 'Other':

can be a pronoun, determiner or adjective.

  • 'Another' as a determiner

This week I will watch another marvel movie. → determiner

  • 'Other' as a determiner

Besides my best friend Suzy, I have other beloved friends. →determiner

  • 'Another' as a pronoun has no plural form.

One of the differences between Paul and Carla is that he is too sensible, another is that he is generous, while Carla is not. → determiner

  • 'Other' as a pronoun can be plural, if it refers to more than one.

If I quit studying, others would make fun of me. → pronoun

Similarities

  • 'Other' and 'another':

are similar in their meanings. They both are used to refer to an alternative or additional thing.

Tip

We can use a singular countable noun after 'other', but we must have another determiner before it.

Our other option is to stay at home and watch the notebook.

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