Another vs. Any Other

Another and any other are the same, and there is a delicate difference between another and any other. Let us get to know them better.

"Another" vs. "Any Other" in the English Grammar

What Are Their Differences?

We use a singular noun after 'another', while a singular or plural noun is used after 'any other'.


Word Structure

'Another' is only one term, while 'any other' is a combination of two words.

Singular or Plural Nouns?

  • 'Another':

A singular countable noun is used after 'another.'

I received another call from aunt Maria.

Another advantage of sea foods is to save you from heart attack.

  1. 'Any other':

A singular countable noun or a plural countable noun is used after 'any other,' based on what we mean or what we are referring to.

Any other man but this one is logical.

Have you ever been to any other places but China?

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Another'
  1. As a determiner
  2. As a pronoun

As you know, determiners are used before countable noun to modify them. 'Another', as a determiner, is used before singular countable nouns. Pronouns are used alone with no nouns following them.

Aurora had another chance and she lost it. → determiner

We have two options, one is the Chez Panisse Cafe another is Spago. → pronoun

  • 'Any other'

Since 'any other' is made of two words, we mean 'any' and 'other', it is considered a phrase and as it can be used before nouns to modify them, it acts as a determiner. As a result, it is called a phrase determiner that is used before singular or plural countable nouns.

The boss could not stand any other offense. → phrasal determiner

She does not know any other languages except English. → phrase determiner

Based on Their Meanings

'Another' refers to one more thing or one more person of the same kind or of a different kind, while 'any other' refers to a different kind of one thing or one person or different things or people.

We will spend another Christmas in Miami.

She couldn't hear any other voice but the baby crying.


Grammatical Functions

  1. 'Another' and 'any other'

Both 'another' and 'any other' are used as determiners, both can modify nouns and they are used before nouns.

Another friend of mine is getting married. → determiner

Do you have any other abilities? → determiner

in Comparatives

  • 'Any other'

In a comparative structure 'any other' can not be followed by a plural noun and the noun after it must be in the singular form. The general structure is:
[comparative + than + any other + singular noun.]
In this case, 'another' and 'any other' follow the same rules.

Sam was taller than the another boy standing next to him.

Alex is more generous than any other boy.


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