She started shivering, so Jonas took her one hand, Father took another / the other and they comforted her.

The other is definitely appropriate here. But what about another? There is only one arm left, is it semantically correct to say another when refer to only one object?

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"The other" is correct. To say "he took another hand" implies that she has more than two.

Also, you wouldn't say "took her one hand". That implies that she only has one hand. (Perhaps due to a birth defect or an accident?) You'd say, "took one of her hands" or simply "took her hand".

  • Her one hand is OK (albeit rather old-fashioned) in the context of one ... other; a parallel use, "on the one hand", is current. Commented Jul 17, 2013 at 13:56

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