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How should I end this sentence?

  • A: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for other.
  • B: Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for others.

While I see option A valid as it implies "other applications", I was suggested option B. However, my gut feeling tells me that "for others" is rarely used with things (I directly associate it with people).

How should I think about it?

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  • The first one is plural, so the parallel second one should be, too. May 28 at 17:39
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    There is absolutely no reason why others should not be used for things, if there are several other things! May 28 at 17:43
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    This will be less awkward with some rearranging and substitutions, e.g., Whereas this is relevant for some applications, for others the relevance is more limited. May 29 at 0:48

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'Other' should really only be singular if it is describing 'applications' (to be more specific, when it used as an adjective right before 'applications', as in 'other applications'). Whereas, in this sentence, the word is replacing applications. Thus, it must be in the plural form (making Option B the correct form).

If you do want to keep 'other' in its singular form, you can rewrite Option A like so —

Whereas for some applications this is relevant, it has limitations for other applications.

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