I understand that using "other" as a determiner before an uncountable noun is correct, but I was wondering if it could also be used as a pronoun:

Is there other accommodation available?

Yes, there is other, don't worry

While I understand there are some other determiners that can be used instead, I am really intrigued about this one. Also, please let me know how natural you feel it is in daily speech.

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  • That doesn't look like native-speaker use to me. – tchrist Nov 9 '16 at 14:49
  • Not for a mass noun; another can be used for a count noun, but essentially that's a noun phrase, not a pronoun. – John Lawler Nov 9 '16 at 15:36
  • "Is there other accommodation available?" sounds bad. I would say "Are there other accommodations available?" – Laurel Nov 9 '16 at 15:51

Short answer: Generally not

Long answer, I could see it being used in an informal setting after "other" has been introduced elsewhere. Almost anything can be used as a pronoun in that sense. For example,

"Oh, and my sister will be bringing one other with her."

"Okay. Is Other bringing his own drink?"

If no other pronoun has been specified, it's possible to use a determiner as a placeholder. However, in more formal communication, you would not expect to see it.

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    That's essentially a noun usage. You even capitalise. – Edwin Ashworth Nov 9 '16 at 15:30
  • Yes and even as a capitalized noun, would you really not expect to use "Is the/that Other bringing his own drink" or "Is her Other bringing a towel" or "Is 'Other' eating with us"? Any of them rather than simply "Is Other…" – Robbie Goodwin Nov 24 '16 at 0:31

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