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Can anyone explain the differences in the usage of "each other" and "one another".
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Kaplan says "Each other is used to refer to two things, and one another for three or more."

For example, These two theories contradict each other.
These three theories contradict one another.
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26 May 2011, 02:15
good information.
between and each other ---two people.

among and one another --- more than two people.
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30 Jul 2011, 13:43
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.
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30 Jul 2011, 20:24
D it is.

The explanation by Kaplan does not look correct.

Beside : means "by the side of"

That eliminates A and B. Also, it does not make sense to work with one another/each other, you work with somebody. Hence D looks right to me.

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17 Aug 2012, 03:35
I was just surfing through and i found this thread . Although its a dead thread but i would still like to give my 2 cents ...

IMO the answer choice E is correct .

Firstly as the case of each other and one another . I have also read this somewhere that one another is used for 2 people whereas each other is used when
referring to more than 2 people .

Secondly , this is the case of verb+ing modifier . So in this case , the action "working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco" is actually a result of the main clause of the sentence "the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer" . Here working acts as the verb+ing modifier .

Hoping for someone to reply on this ...
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17 Aug 2012, 04:58
timeishere wrote:
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.

For the very simple reason D is correct -
each other /one another requires a plural noun. doctor and lawyer were working with each other. Doctor was working with Lawyer.

As soon as you realize that the subject for the clause is singular (doctor) you can eliminate all except D
Does this makes sense?
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timeishere wrote:
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.

For the very simple reason D is correct -
each other /one another requires a plural noun. doctor and lawyer were working with each other. Doctor was working with Lawyer.

As soon as you realize that the subject for the clause is singular (doctor) you can eliminate all except D
Does this makes sense?
That's it. A plural subject, or a compound plural subject with and, is necessary for both "one another" and "each other." Since the subject of this sentence is the singular "doctor," B is correct.
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14 Jul 2013, 00:07
KapTeacherEli wrote:
yashii9 wrote:
timeishere wrote:
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.

For the very simple reason D is correct -
each other /one another requires a plural noun. doctor and lawyer were working with each other. Doctor was working with Lawyer.

As soon as you realize that the subject for the clause is singular (doctor) you can eliminate all except D
Does this makes sense?
That's it. A plural subject, or a compound plural subject with and, is necessary for both "one another" and "each other." Since the subject of this sentence is the singular "doctor," B is correct.

Hi Eli,

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Can you explain this again?
" As soon as you realize that the subject for the clause is singular (doctor) you can eliminate all except D
Does this makes sense?"

Each and every are singular and thus require a singular verb.

Also on this page their are two opposing explanation of using each other and one another and both refer to Kaplan.

Please clarify: Whether each-other for one or more or one-another?
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27 Sep 2014, 19:20
timeishere wrote:
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct

word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.

Besides is wrong so a and b is out
working with each other makes no sense so C is wrong
working with one another is wordy so the best one is D
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29 Sep 2014, 15:51
working with him is modifying lawyer who is working with him against the HMOs and big tobacco. You can arrive at the answer just by understanding what sentence is trying to say.

timeishere wrote:
Got this one in Kaplan Test.

After many years of feeling separated by a great divide, the doctor now finds himself besides the lawyer, working with one another against HMOs and big tobacco.
a) besides the lawyer, working with one another
b) besides the lawyer, working with each other
c) beside the lawyer, working with each other
d) beside the lawyer, working with him
e) beside the lawyer, working with one another

In the explanation, it is mentioned that
One another: Used when there are 2 nouns
Each other: Used with more than 2 nouns

Explanation:
The first error in the sentence is the incorrect use of the word besides . That word means in addition to . The correct word in this sentence is beside , which means next to . This allows us to eliminate choices (A) and (B). Choice (C) can also be eliminated because it changes the correct one another (used when there are two nouns, as here) to each other (used with more than two nouns). However, there is another problem in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is the doctor . The doctor finds himself beside the lawyer and also working with the lawyer . It doesn't make sense to say that the doctor is... working with one another as the original sentence and Choice (E) say. Choice (D) working with him (the lawyer) is the only construction that makes sense.

Can someone explain how D is correct.

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