other - definition and synonyms

determiner, pronoun 

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Other can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a plural noun): He doesn’t like other people interfering. (after ‘the’ or a possessive word and followed by a singular or plural noun): the other side of the streetShe invited all her other friends. The determiner another is used instead of ‘an’ + ‘other’.
as a pronoun (after ‘the’): He swerved from one side of the road to the other.Have you told the others? (in the plural without ‘the’): Some systems are better than others.
The plural form others without ‘the’ is the plural of the pronoun another.
  1. 1
    used for referring to additional people or things of the type already mentioned or known about

    In addition to Nicola, Mrs Stanley has three other children.

    The report will be of interest to teachers and others in the education field.

    Apart from the victim’s name and age, no other details were given.

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  2. 2
    used for referring to a different person or thing from the one already mentioned or known about

    I suggested a camping holiday, but Kerry had other ideas.

    some/any other:

    Not now. We’ll talk about it some other time.

    The Greeks spend more money on food than any other nation in Europe.

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  3. 3
    used when there are two things or people for referring to the one that has not already been mentioned or is not already known about

    The other half of the money will be provided by the government.

    She was looking around for her other shoe.

    I held onto the rope with my other hand.

    the other:

    He sat in front of the fire rubbing one bare foot against the other.

    the other one:

    One of the twins was Reggie. What was the other one called?

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  4. 4
    used for referring to the rest of the people or things in a group
    the/my/your etc other:

    We stayed until all the other guests had gone home.

    Beethoven’s Ninth is much longer than his other symphonies.

    the others:

    One boy fell off his chair and the others laughed.

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  5. 5
    used for referring to people in a general way when you are not including yourself as one of them

    I don’t care what other people think.

    We aim to develop in our students a sense of responsibility and a respect for others.

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    1. a.
      the other side/end the side or end that is furthest from you or is opposite to where you are

      A taxi had stopped on the other side of the road.

      Ashley sat at the other end of the sofa.

      The voice at the other end of the phone sounded sleepy and confused.

    2. b.
      the other way/direction the opposite direction

      The truck swerved to avoid a car coming from the other direction.

      I tried to attract her attention, but she was looking the other way.

    3. c.
      the other way round/around happening in the opposite way

      Most people expected the boys to do better than the girls but in fact it was the other way round.