another

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an + other.

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another

  1. One more, in addition to a former number; a second or additional one, similar in likeness or in effect.
    Yes, I'd like another slice of cake, thanks.
    • 1915, Mrs. Belloc Lowndes, The Lodger, Ch.I:
      Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; [].
    • 2013 July-August, Philip J. Bushnell, “Solvents, Ethanol, Car Crashes & Tolerance”, American Scientist: 
      Furthermore, this increase in risk is comparable to the risk of death from leukemia after long-term exposure to benzene, another solvent, which has the well-known property of causing this type of cancer.
  2. Not the same; different.
    Do you know another way to do this job?
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      From another point of view, it was a place without a soul. The well-to-do had hearts of stone; the rich were brutally bumptious; the Press, the Municipality, all the public men, were ridiculously, vaingloriously self-satisfied.
    • 1979, Micheal Ende, The Neverending Story, p.53 , ISBN 0140386335
      But that is another story and will be told another time.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      In plants, the ability to recognize self from nonself plays an important role in fertilization, because self-fertilization will result in less diverse offspring than fertilization with pollen from another individual.
  3. Any or some; any different person, indefinitely; anyone else; someone else.
    He has never known another like her.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a fused head construction another may have a possessive another's (plural: others, or possessive plural other). It is much used in opposition to one; as, one went one way, another another. It is also used with one, in a reciprocal sense; as, "love one another," that is, let each love the other or others.
    • Milton
      These two imparadised in one another's arms.
  • Sometimes, the world "whole" is inserted into another by the common process of tmesis, giving: "a whole nother." This is a colloquialism which some recommend avoiding in formal writing.[1] The prescribed alternatives are "a whole other" or a "another whole."
  • There may be ambiguity: "I need another chair." may mean "My chair needs to be replaced." or "I need an additional chair [and I need to keep my existing chair]."

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  1. ^ ""List of grammatical errors from Paul Brians of Washington State University"", URL accessed on 2009-05-06.

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