The other (one)

rightnow

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Spanish
Page 55 of A Practical English Grammar reads

Normally, other(s) is only used alone if it refers to a noun that has been mentioned before. An exception is the common plural use of (the) others to mean (the) other people, but not *on the phone you can't see the other.
Would adding one solve this?...you can't see the other one
 
  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    In "the other one", "one" has to refer to some thing or person already mentioned.

    You phone this customer, and I'll phone the other one.
     
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