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In this lesson we will learn the difference between ‘other’ and ‘another’.
Liz: The words ‘another’ and ‘other’ are both used in different contexts. They have different meanings.
Adam: That’s correct, Liz. ‘Another’ is used when we talk about a single object or thing. For example:
Liz: This apple is bad. Give me another one.
Liz: I’ll buy another car this year.
Liz: Another cook could have spoiled the broth.
Adam: On the other hand, ‘other’ is used to speak about many objects or things which are different from what we have. For example:
Liz: Can you give me some other apples?
Liz: I’ll check other cars for buying.
Liz: Other cooks are not as good as him.
Adam: ‘Other’ speaks of something which is different. ‘Another’ speaks of something additional or extra. For example:
Liz: Bring me another cup of coffee for now and some other things to eat.
Liz: Another day we will watch other movies that you like. Liz: Another doctor came and asked me to take some other medicine.
Adam: ‘Another’ can also be used when we talk about more than one object, but in a group or a collection. For example:
Liz: I need another five bottles of milk.
Adam: Thank you Liz, for the example. Let’s listen to some conversations now.
Bruce: I like this tavern so much.
Merly: Their flavored tea is refreshing.
Bruce: I’ll get another cup of tea.
Merly: I’ll have some other flavor this time.
Bruce: This place is unique. You’ll not find another place like this in the town.
Merly: I don’t think so. Some other places are better than this!
Merly: Bruce, will you go skiing today?
Bruce: I need some rest, Merly. I’ll go some other day.
Merly: The weather is so good today for skiing! You won’t have another day like this.
Bruce: I want to do other things as well. Let’s go fishing.
Merly: Alright. But we’ll fish on the other side of the lake.
Bruce: No problem! Let me get another 5 liters of diesel then.
Bruce : Can you give me another pen?
Merly : Sure.
Bruce : No, not this one. The other one.
Merly : Yes, but what’s wrong with this one?
Bruce : I need to sign in blue and this is red.