I'm looking for a word to describe the second one in 2 things (in a situation the the first one was mentioned previously)

  • Do you mean "the other"?
    – V.V.
    Oct 20, 2015 at 13:48

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2. denoting the second or second mentioned of two people or things.

"the Russians could advance into either Germany or Austria—they chose the latter option"

synonyms: last-mentioned, second-mentioned, second of the two, second, last, later


The word you're looking for is "latter." In a sentence, this refers to the second of two items listed. The word for the first item listed is, "former."

Example: I like to have granola or cereal for breakfast. The former is my favorite, but, the latter has more variety

  • Welcome to ELU. Your suggestion may be valid and very useful; it could be made even better with a cited definition or source to back it up. For future reference, it's always a good idea to include some evidence with your answers.
    – JHCL
    Oct 20, 2015 at 13:59

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