Student Stumper 49: “Another” vs. “Other”

QUESTION: What’s the difference between “another” and “other”?  They’re very similar. ANSWER: Indeed, they’re similar, so the challenge is to find and remember the differences. A learner’s dictionary can help us identify rules and patterns. Then comes the hard part: we need to commit all that information to memory. Parts of Speech First, let’s look…

Some Things Are Easier than Others: Some vs. Any

A YouTube viewer asked me about some vs. any. It’s one of those topics that seems simple at first, and then certain examples start revealing complexities. Early on, we teach the guideline to use any in questions and in negatives. That helps with simple There isn’t/aren’t any… statements and Do you have any.. questions. But what about this one: Where can…

Some Uses of “Some”

I was recently asked about the word some. It was already clear to the learner that we use some to refer to a quantity that isn’t exact. The learner himself gave examples of some + plural noun and some + noncount noun. Uncertainty was expressed over some + singular noun phrases. I began to wonder…

Coming to Terms with Grammar Terminology

By opening up my community forum, I’ve accepted the challenge of satisfying learners’ curiosity and resolving their doubts.  Sometimes I truly get stumped, though, and I wonder if I will ever arrive at an explanation that fully answers a particular question. A couple of questions posted recently made me reflect on the need to label…