– Why is “another” an acceptable spelling of “an other”, but “alot” is frowned upon?


– Why is “another” an acceptable spelling of “an other”, but “alot” is frowned upon?

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Surely it depends on the context of what you’re saying. I don’t believe it to be grammatically correct to say “I liked that muffin, I am going to have an other.”

However you could still say: “That muffin belongs to an other” or persons unknown.

Because English (and most language in general) is not made by one person who follows a strict set of rules. It’s chaotic and defined by millions over years and without a whole lot of order

For one, “another” has been a word in its own right since middle english. If you give something 500 years of traction it’s bound to stick.

If a single word “alot” sticks around for long enough it too will become an acceptable word in it’s own right.

Another and “an other” don’t mean exactly the same thing though.

“Can I have another piece of cake” implies one more piece of the same cake, because you liked the first piece.

“Can I have an other piece of cake” implies you want a piece of a different cake or, you want to trade the piece you have for a different one, because you’re dissatisfied with the one you have.

Can you give an example of when “an other” is acceptable usage? I’ve seen two attempts in the comments and both were trash. I think your starting point is wrong.

And alot is already a word which has a distinct meaning.

Two examples of words that have evolved in similar ways are “napron”, which is now referred to as an apron, and “ewt”, which is now referred to as a newt.

That’s not going to happen with “an other” or “alot”; the cases are completely different.

EDIT: Your definitions are unconvincing. If you could show me an actual example or two of where a *writer* has used “an other” when “another” would be usual, I would be happier to consider your premise.