Learn English Vocabulary – Another vs. Other

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What is the difference between another and other?

Another and other are similar words that are often confused. Let’s have a look at how these words are used.

We use another when we talk about “one more of the same thing” that was already mentioned.

  • I had a cup of coffee, but I want to have another cup (one more cup).
  • I have two computers. One is in my office and another one is in my house (one more computer).
  • Jim is rich. He has a house in Manhattan, and another one in LA.

We also use another when we talk about “a thing that is different” from the thing that was already mentioned.

  • I had a cup of coffee, so I would like another drink (a different drink)
  • The pizza shop was closed on Sunday, so I went to another one (a different pizza shop).
  • Jack has a sales job during the week, but he has another job as a waiter on the weekend.

We can also use other when we talk about “a thing that is different” from the thing that was already mentioned. However, we use other with a determiner such as some or the.

  • I had a cup of coffee, so I would like some other drink (some different drink)
  • The pizza shop was closed on Sunday, so I went to the other one in town (the different pizza shop).
  • Jack has a sales job during the week, but he has some other job on the weekend.

Note that we do not use other without a determiner such as some or the with singular nouns:

  • I had a cup of coffee, so I would like other drink
  • The pizza shop was closed on Sunday, so I went to other one in town

But…we can use other without a determiner with plural nouns:

  • I drink coffee during the day, but I drink other drinks during the day.
  • If my favorite pizza shop is closed, there are other pizza shops I can have lunch in.

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