Other vs. Others

Other and others have a delicate difference that is easy to understand within a context.

What Are Their Main Differences?

Others is only used as a pronoun. But other has different grammatical functions. Actually, 'others' refers to more than one; while 'other' refers to only one thing.

Differences

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Other':

can be a determiner or pronoun.

Other girls are taller than I am. →determiner

Look at those cakes. One is big and pink, the other is small and blue. →pronoun

  • 'Others':

can only be a pronoun and it is used when we are referring to more than one thing or person.

I am the only person who truly cares about my grandmother. Others are just pretending. →pronoun

Singular or Plural Nouns?

  • 'Other':

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

A kangaroo holds its baby in its marsupium, while other animals don't. →determiner

This one is made of 80% plastic, but the other clothes are made of cotton. →determiner

  • 'Others':

is not followed by any nouns.

Others cannot decide for your life. →pronoun

Similarities

Grammatical Functions

  • 'Other' and 'others':

both can be used as pronouns.

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