What do ほかには and ほかのは mean? How are they different from one another?

And why is に used in ほかに? Is there an explanation for it or is it just naturally said? Thanks!

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ほかには means "Other than that..." where "that" refers to the topic you were discussing. に here is working adverbially, as it would in expressions like 一般的に.

ほかのは means "As for the other one(s)..." To my ear, の is working as a pronoun as it would be in 私のは e.g.:


This briefcase is heavy; the other ones are light.

  • ほかには is for questions and ほかのは is general statement? Is this right?
    – ccccc
    Jun 15, 2018 at 8:52
  • @ccccc Nope.. ほかに(は) is an adverbial phrase "other than that, ..." and ほかの(は) is a noun phrase "the other ones"
    – chocolate
    Jun 26, 2018 at 23:09

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