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an +‎ other.

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  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, chapter 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”, in 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, in 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, ISBN 0140386335, page 53:
      But that is another story and will be told another time.
    • 2013 May-June, Katrina G. Claw, “Rapid Evolution in Eggs and Sperm”, in 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.
    • John Milton
      These two imparadised in one another's arms.
  • Sometimes, the word "whole" is inserted into another by the common process of tmesis, giving: "a whole nother." This is a colloquialism that some recommend avoiding in formal writing.[1] The prescribed alternatives are "a whole other" or "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. The additional one of the same kind.
    I saw one movie, but I think I will see another.
  2. One that is different from the current one.
    This napkin fell to the floor, could you please bring me another?
  3. One of the group of things of the same kind.
    His interests keep shifting from one thing to another.


  1. ^ “"List of grammatical errors from Paul Brians of [[w:Washington State University|]]"”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 2009-05-06: “It is one thing to use the expression “a whole ’nother” as a consciously slangy phrase suggesting rustic charm and a completely different matter to use it mistakenly.”


Most common English words before 1923 in Project Gutenberg: new · years · always · #170: another · right · each · between