other

other
1. For each other, see each 3.
2. other than.
When other is used as a pronoun or adjective, use of other than is straightforward and causes no comment:

• I'd never known anything other than hard times —D. Dears, 1974.

Objections are raised when other in this phrase is forced into the role of adverb (which it does not otherwise have), and Fowler (1926) regarded it as ‘ungrammatical and needless’ when a genuine adverb, otherwise, is available; so in the following example he would have urged use of otherwise than in place of other than:

• Other than at football matches or on coach journeys, people sing less spontaneously than in previous generations —T. Portsmouth, 1992.

However, the grammar of other than is not always so clear-cut, as the following example shows:

• I married her…but it never even occurred to me that our marriage would be other than a marriage in name only —A. Roudybush, 1972.

Is other here an adjective linked to marriage or an adverb linked to be? (The answer is a bit of both.) In AmE, this use goes unnoticed; in BrE it is increasingly common and generally unexceptionable, and often more idiomatic than the awkward alternative otherwise than, but readers should be aware of the caveat attached to it in more pedantic circles.

Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Other — Oth er, pron. & a. [AS. [=o][eth]er; akin to OS. [=a][eth]ar, [=o][eth]ar, D. & G. ander, OHG. andar, Icel. annarr, Sw. annan, Dan. anden, Goth. an[thorn]ar, Skr. antara: cf. L. alter; all orig. comparatives: cf. Skr. anya other. [root]180. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • other — [uth′ər] adj. [ME < OE, akin to Ger ander, Goth anthar < IE * anteros, the other of two (< base * an, there + compar. suffix) > Sans ántara ] 1. being the remaining one or ones of two or more [Bill and the other boys] 2. different or… …   English World dictionary

  • other — O.E. oþer the second, one of the two, other, from P.Gmc. *antharaz (Cf. O.S. athar, O.N. annarr, Ger. ander, Goth. anþar other ), from PIE *an tero , variant of *al tero the other of two (Cf. Lith. antras, Skt. antarah oth …   Etymology dictionary

  • other — ► ADJECTIVE & PRONOUN 1) used to refer to a person or thing that is different from one already mentioned or known. 2) additional. 3) alternative of two. 4) those not already mentioned. 5) (usu. the Other) Philosophy & Sociology t …   English terms dictionary

  • Other — Oth er ([u^][th] [ e]r), conj. [See {Or}.] Either; used with other or or for its correlative (as either . . . or are now used). [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Other of chalk, other of glass. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Other — Oth er ([u^][th] [ e]r), adv. Otherwise. It shall none other be. Chaucer. If you think other. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • other — UK US /ˈʌðər/ adjective ► ACCOUNTING used to describe amounts of money, usually small amounts, that are added together and not listed under a separate name in financial records: »These expenses are included under the headings utilities , taxes ,… …   Financial and business terms

  • other — [adj1] additional, added alternative, another, auxiliary, else, extra, farther, fresh, further, more, new, spare, supplementary; concept 771 Ant. included, related other [adj2] different contrasting, disparate, dissimilar, distant, distinct,… …   New thesaurus

  • other — index additional, alter ego, ancillary (auxiliary) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Other — For other uses, see Other (disambiguation). The Other or Constitutive Other (also the verb othering) is a key concept in continental philosophy; it opposes the Same. The Other refers, or attempts to refer, to that which is Other than the initial… …   Wikipedia

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