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bié de
adj./adv. other; else
Discussion of 别的/別的
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In this post, we compare two pronouns: 别的 and 其他。
They have similar meanings and are used in almost the same ways. There are only some slight differences:

1. They can both be used before a noun. When they appear before a noun, 的 after 其他 is optional; but 的 cannot be used after 别的:
其他 + (的) + Noun: E.g. 这个款式有其他(的)颜色吗? [phr] Are there any other colors of this style?
别的 +Noun: E.g. 这个款式有别的颜色吗?

2. They can both be used alone as the subject or object of a sentence. But when being the object of a sentence, 其他 has to be followed by 的.
E.g. 我现在没有时间想别的,必须先做完这项工作。 [phr] Now I do not have the time to think of other things, (because) I must firs finish this work.
If we use 其他 in the sentence above, we need to add 的: “我现在没有时间想其他的,……”

3. 其他 can be followed by a measure word-numeral phrase, but 别的 cannot be used in this way.
E.g. 我把这二十个生词背下来了,其他几个明天再说。 [phr] I have memorized these twenty new words, leaving the others (new words) to tomorrow.
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