1. As with the articles , we use another the first time we refer to something singular
I'd like another book, please
I have another meeting next week
2. We use the other in subsequent references for singular or plural things and for unique things
Do you want this dictionary? No thanks , I need the othe
The other day I met George. He was with another girlfriend
3. We use other as the plural form of another and for uncountable nouns.
Michael got other advice from his teachers
He was with other friends from work
Have you got any other kind of fruit?
ANOTHER AND OTHER(S)
· “additional, extra”
Another can mean “ an additional extra”. It is used with singular countable nouns.
Could I have another piece of bread?
Notice that another has two meanings:
Would you like another drink? (one more of the same )
Would you like another drink? ( a different one)
Another can be used as a pronoun without a noun, or with one, if the meaning is clear from what has come before.
Those cakes are wonderful . could I have another one?
With uncountable and plural nouns , we normally use more, not other
Have another potato (not….an other potato)
Have some more meat (not … other meat)
We need more cups
However we can use another before a plural noun in expressions with few or a number
Let’s wait another few minutes (= a few more minutes)
The job will take another ten days . (=… ten more days).
(An)other can also mean “an alternative”, “beside this/these”
I think we should paint another colour
Have you got any other cakes, or are these the only ones?
Other people often means “people beside oneself”
Why don’t you think more about other people?
When other is used with a noun it has no plural form.
Where are the other photos?
But when used alone, without a noun, it can have a plural form.
I´ve go a lot of photos. Where are the others?
These are too small. Have you got any others?
Normally other(s) is only used alone if it refers to a noun that has been mentioned before. An exception is the common plural use of (the) others to mean (the) other people.
He never thinks of others
Jake´s arrived- I must tell the others
BUT NOT On the telephone , one cannot see the other OR he never listens to another