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If there are three books, are the following sentences both correct? Equivalent? Roughly as commonly used?

1/ This book is better than the other two

2/ This book is better than the two others

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    Per this NGram, the two others accounted for around 1 in 3 of the combined total a couple of centuries ago. But today it's under 5% (many of which will be citing earlier texts anyway). I suggest always using the other two (but accept the earlier form as "valid"). Sep 21 at 11:46

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