Another’s Vs Anothers: here is the short answer:
The possessive form of “another” is another’s. Why not say anothers’ or anothers? Let’s find out!
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The term “another” is a pronoun or determiner that usually refers to an additional person, thing, or idea. It means different from the one already mentioned; extra.
For example, you can say, “John bought another car,” or “I need to buy another bag of chips.”
Example Sentences With “Another”
- She has another appointment later today.
- We need to find another way to get there.
- Can you give me another chance?
- I’m looking for another job.
- He bought another pair of shoes.
- Those chocolates are yummy. Can I have another (one)?
- Let’s try another restaurant.
- We need to think of another solution.
- Can you give me another example?
- She has another meeting tomorrow.
- I need to buy another book.
- I want to stay for another few weeks.
The possessive form of the word is another’s, which is used when referring to something owned by someone else. This is not very common in English and is quite awkward to use. We usually say the name of the person, for example, Chris’s or James’s, instead.
Example Sentences With “Another’s”
- We need to respect another’s opinion.
- This is another’s decision, not mine.
- We should respect another’s property.
- They were impressed by another’s success.
- We are not responsible for another’s actions.
- The child learned from another’s example.
- I didn’t enjoy living in another’s house.
- Your opinion doesn’t matter more than another’s.
We can say one another’s to mean each other’s. For example, “They shared one another’s stories.”
Examples of “One Another’s”
- They were fascinated by one another’s success.
- They showed respect for one another’s choices.
- We should honor one another’s beliefs.
- They shared one another’s stories.
- Let us support one another’s dreams.
- The two teams agreed to help one another’s efforts.
- We should celebrate one another’s successes.
- We need to respect one another’s opinions.
- Remember to appreciate one another’s efforts.
- Let us learn from one another’s mistakes.
Indefinite pronouns do not refer to a particular person, thing, or amount.
Sometimes “another” is used as an indefinite pronoun. It is singular and takes a singular verb. Anothers is not a correct word.
Other examples of indefinite pronouns include anybody, everybody, nobody, something, nothing, no one, and someone.
Even if you are referring to multiple people using an indefinite pronoun, you would still use an apostrope+s in the possessive form. For example, “Everybody’s got their own opinion” or “Nobody’s allowed in this room.”
The possessive form of “another” is another’s, and there is no plural form. When referring to indefinite pronouns such as somebody, anyone, or nobody, you would use apostrophe+s in the possessive form (e.g. someone’s, anyone’s, everybody’s), even if you are referring to multiple people.
This article has provided a clear explanation of when to use another’s vs anothers, as well as other important information about the possessive form of indefinite pronouns. Make sure you understand this rule before using it in your writing! Good luck!
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