Another or Other?

What’s the difference between these two words and when do we use each? I often notice that students confuse these two words especially since the words, when translated into Spanish, mean the same.  Here is a simple rule to help you remember the difference between the two words.

another + singular noun
other + plural noun
others (a pronoun to replace other + plural noun)

  • I need another cup. (cup is singular so we use another)
  • I need other cups. (cup is plural so we use other)
  • I need others. (refers to other cups)