My Note From Cold Cucumbers in Sauce

June 10, 2011, 01:11 AM posted in General Discussion

Exercise score = 98%; 39/40 points.

I wrote 我只有这些钱,其他的都用管了。instead of 我只有这些钱,其它的都用光了。Well at least I learned something from the first mistake. I saw 其他 qītā (other) and selected it and thought it was right, but it should have been 其它 qītā (other). Apparently we use其他 for other men or persons and其它 for other non-human things. I guess we must use 其她 for other women. The difference only shows in writing. I selected 管 guǎn (to take care of/to control/to manage/to be in charge of/to look after/to run/tube/pipe) instead of 光 guāng. I had first selected 光, but then changed my mind. None of the guang characters looked right to me so I tried guan. I should have stayed with my first choice.

Helen says we do not use 她 in 其他. Just use 它 for things and 他 for people of either gender.

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June 12, 2011, 11:25 AM



Here is the difference between 别的 and 其它(他): 

They all means "other", but the useage is a little different. 其他can be followed by numbers while 别的 can not. For example,


One can NOT say 别的五个都是外国人。


Hope that helps! :)