Usage for the word "others"


My mom said that in an estate sale notice she wrote: “Marble chest and others” that the word “others” refers to “other chests.” Is that correct grammar? To me, it doesn’t seem clear whether she is talking about other marble furniture or other chests. My mom says the word “others” refers back to the noun before it, which in this case she is saying that noun is chest, so “others” refers to other chests. Could you please let me know whether she is correct, and if she isn’t, could you please explain? Thank you!  

asked Nov 15 '12 at 18:22 Susan Asher New member

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I agree with Tolley.  Perhaps those who frequent estate sales have their own lingo and this makes sense to them, but I was left wondering, "what sort of others?"  If it is just a list of items and space is limited, I'd probably go with: chests (marble & others).

link comment answered Nov 15 '12 at 20:28 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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