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ARTICLE. An-other

An-other. A is apparently put for the in

“There is not half a kiss to choose who loves an other best.

This is, however, in accordance with our common idiom: "they love one an other," which ought strictly to be either "they love, the one the other," or "they love, one other." The latter form is still retained in "they love each other;" but as in "one other" there is great ambiguity, it was avoided by the insertion of a second "one" or "an," thus, "they love one an-other." This is illustrated by Matt. xxiv. 10 (TYNDALE): "And shall betraye one another and shall hate one the other;" whereas WICKLIFFE has, "ech other." So 1 Cor. xii. 25: WICKLIFFE, "ech for other;" the rest "for one another." "One another" is now treated almost like a single noun in prepositional phrases, such as, "We speak to one another." But Shakespeare retains a trace of the original idiom in

“What we speak one to an other.

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