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Why in the sentence "One suspect was a male youth, while the other was an adult man." we use 'the' before 'other'. I have to explain its function.

  • Because they’re referring to one definite other. – Lawrence May 8 '19 at 9:12
  • Would "another" fit your example, and have the same meaning? – Hot Licks May 8 '19 at 11:32
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In English the is the most frequently used definite article.

We use the definite article in front of a noun when we believe the listener/reader knows exactly what we are referring to.

Link: The definite article: 'the'

So, here in the sentence

One suspect was a male youth, while the other was an adult man.

we use the because it is being referred to a definite other

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