L'autre, les autres = The other one(s) (indefinite pronouns)

Look at these sentences:

Je me suis cassé la jambe, mais l'autre fonctionne parfaitement.
I broke my leg, but the other one works perfectly.

Trois filles sont restées au bal, les autres sont rentrées chez elles.
Three girls stayed at the ball, the others/the other ones went home.

Celui-là est assez cher.
- Que penses-tu de l'autre?

This one is quite expensive.
- What about the other one?

J'aime bien son premier film.
-Je préfère les autres.

I like his first film.
-I prefer the other ones.

Note that l'autre means the other one, and les autres means the others / the other ones.

Note that autre agree only in number (autres) with the object it refers to.

See also D'autres vs des autres = Others (indefinite adjectives)

 

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Celui-là est assez cher.
- Que penses-tu de l'autre?

This one is quite expensive.
- What about the other one?


J'aime bien son premier film.
-Je préfère les autres.

I like his first film.
-I prefer the other ones.


Trois filles sont restées au bal, les autres sont rentrées chez elles.
Three girls stayed at the ball, the others/the other ones went home.


Je me suis cassé la jambe, mais l'autre fonctionne parfaitement.
I broke my leg, but the other one works perfectly.


Q&A

Ben

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

3 replies

I'm a little confused between l'autre + les autres vs d'autres + des autres.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

3 May 2018

3/05/18

Hi Ben,

l'autre is singular whereas les autres is plural.

J'ai deux amis, l'un est vieux et l'autre est jeune. -- I have two friends, one is young the other old.
Certains de mes amis sont vieux, les autres sont jeunes. -- Some of my friends are old, the others are young.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ben

Kwiziq community member

3 May 2018

3/05/18

Hi Chris,

Thank you for your reply, however I'm not sure when to use l'autre or les autres as opposed to d'autres or des autres as they both seem to mean the other one(s)

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 May 2018

3/05/18

Bonjour Ben ! 

Here is a link to our lesson on d'autres vs des autres : 
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/how-to-express-others-dautres-versus-des-autres-indefinite-adjectives

Hope that helps clarifying things!
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