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(When other follows the determiner an, it is written as one word: see another.)

  1. ADJ: det ADJ, ADJ n You use other to refer to an additional thing or person of the same type as one that has been mentioned or is known about.


    • Other is also a pronoun. Four crewmen were killed, one other was injured... In 1914 he (like so many others) lied about his age so that he could join the war effort.
  2. ADJ: det ADJ, ADJ n You use other to indicate that a thing or person is not the one already mentioned, but a different one.


    • Other is also a pronoun. This issue, more than any other, has divided her cabinet... Some of these methods will work. Others will not.
  3. ADJ: det ADJ You use other to refer to the second of two things or people when the identity of the first is already known or understood, or has already been mentioned.


    • Other is also a pronoun. Almost everybody had a cigarette in one hand and a martini in the other... While one of them tried to put his hand in my pocket, the other held me from behind.
  4. ADJ: det ADJ, ADJ n You use other at the end of a list or a group of examples, to refer generally to people or things like the ones just mentioned.


    • Other is also a pronoun. Descartes received his stimulus from the new physics and astronomy of Copernicus, Galileo, and others.
  5. ADJ: det ADJ You use other to refer to the rest of the people or things in a group, when you are talking about one particular person or thing.

    PRON: the PRON

    • Other is also a pronoun. Aubrey's on his way here, with the others.
  6. ADJ: ADJ n Other people are people in general, as opposed to yourself or a person you have already mentioned.


    • Others means the same as other people. His humour depended on contempt for others.
  7. ADJ: the ADJ n You use other in informal expressions of time such as the other day, the other evening, or the other week to refer to a day, evening, or week in the recent past.

  8. PHRASE: PHR with cl, oft PHR n (vagueness) You use expressions like among other things or among others to indicate that there are several more facts, things, or people like the one or ones mentioned, but that you do not intend to mention them all.

  9. PHRASE: usu PHR after v If something happens, for example, every other day or every other month, there is a day or month when it does not happen between each day or month when it happens.

  10. PHRASE: PHR n (emphasis) You use every other to emphasize that you are referring to all the rest of the people or things in a group.

  11. PHRASE: PHR n (emphasis) You use none other than and no other than to emphasize the name of a person or thing when something about that person or thing is surprising in a particular situation.

  12. PHRASE: PHR n (emphasis) You use nothing other than and no other than when you are going to mention a course of action, decision, or description and emphasize that it is the only one possible in the situation.

  13. PHRASE: n/adv PHR (vagueness) You use or other in expressions like somehow or other and someone or other to indicate that you cannot or do not want to be more precise about the information that you are giving.

  14. PHRASE: with brd-neg, PHR n/-ing You use other than after a negative statement to say that the person, item, or thing that follows is the only exception to the statement.

  15. each other see each

    your other half see half

    one after the other see one

    one or other see one

    this, that and the other see this

    in other words see word

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ʌ̱ðə(r)When other follows the determiner an, it is written as one word: see another.

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Common caseotherothers
Possessive caseother'sothers'


pronoun, singular, 3rd person, personal
Common caseother
Possessive caseother's