any of the other instruments / any other instrument

jihoon

Senior Member
korean
1.I can play guitar, but I can't play any of the other instruments present in the world. Guitar is the only instrument that I can play.

2.I can play guitar, but I can't play any other instrument present in the world. Guitar is the only instrument that I can play.

a. If I start to date a girl, I stop keeping in touch with any of the other girls that I know. My girlfriend is the only person that I keep in touch with.

b. If I start to date a girl, I stop keeping in touch with any other girl that I know. My girlfriend is the only person that I keep in touch with.

For me, 1. 2. are familiar but I've seen many people use 2. and 4. I'd like to know which one is preferred.
 
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    The preferred way to say it as a generalisation would be:
    I can play guitar, but I can't play any other instrument(s). (It sounds very odd to say 'present in the world' – we'd never say that.)

    We'd probably only use 'any of the other' if we were specifying a particular group of instruments ('present in the world' doesn't really count, as it sounds so peculiar). e.g.

    I can play guitar, but I can't play any of the other stringed instruments.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    It sounds American to me to say "play guitar" :(

    I agree with EMP (post #3): I'd have said "I can play the guitar ..." :)
     
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