I'm not an english native speaker and I had a doubt regarding the usage of the pronoun "others" + an adjective (without the verb) when describing multiple types of a given thing.

For example:

Other important episodes exist in my life: some of them are fun, others interesting, others plain ridiculous, others straightforward epic.

In spanish it would be fine, as it is understood that there's an omission of the verb ("are"), and you keep going with the additions.

Would it be fine in english as well?

Many thanks for your help,

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    – MetaEd
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 16:16
  • Can you say specifically why you worry that using the word "others" repeatedly would violate a grammar rule? What grammar rule?
    – MetaEd
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 16:18
  • Well I'm not a native speaker of english so I had that doubt. Maybe it didn't sound correct to some people, or it was an unusual resource, and I wanted to hear someone else's thoughts about it. But it looks like it's acceptable after your comment, so thank you.
    – Peanuts
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 16:25
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    The usual sequence is: some, others, still others. If more than three groups, look for another construction.
    – KarlG
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 19:43

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Other can be used ... as a pronoun ... in the plural without 'the':

*Some systems are better than others.

The plural form others without 'the' is the plural of the pronoun another.


(Please excuse the all-caps in the attribution - that's how the dictionary presents its name).

Although the dictionary doesn't say it, others and another tend to be used only once per list. In the context you mention, the word others has an air of finality about it. If you need to specify 'more' others, it's better to keep using some, leaving others for the last group:

  • some of them are fun, some interesting, some plain ridiculous, others [simply] epic.
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    Thank you, that was a spot on and complete answer! Cheers,
    – Peanuts
    Commented Jan 4, 2018 at 16:48

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