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    Default How to write this sentence?

    Hello,
    Is this okay?:
    I did not know it was you, otherwise I would have acted differently.

    It sounds strange to replace otherwise with or else.

    And this one?:
    If I had known it was you, I would have acted differently.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: How to write this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Is this okay?:
    I did not know it was you, otherwise I would have acted differently.

    It sounds strange to replace otherwise with or else.

    And this one?:
    If I had known it was you, I would have acted differently.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!
    I think your sentences are OK. You could put 'otherwise' in the place of 'differently' in the second sentence (in the first it would be wrong stylistically). I am not sure however whether it's not formal.

    Replacing 'otherwise' with 'or else' in the first is certainly wrong (it means I am certain). But I'm having problems with naming the error. Let's hope someone will enlighten us.

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    Default Re: How to write this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Replacing 'otherwise' with 'or else' in the first is certainly wrong
    Is it? It sounds just as good as the 'otherwise' to me.

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    Default Re: How to write this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    Is it? It sounds just as good as the 'otherwise' to me.
    I'm probably wrong then
    PS: OK, I read it for the second time, and my 'certainly' became 'maybe'. Now, after the third time, it's 'not really'
    Last edited by mmasny; 27-Mar-2010 at 23:22.

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    Default Re: How to write this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Is this okay?:
    I did not know it was you; otherwise, I would have acted differently.

    It sounds strange to replace otherwise with or else.

    And this one?:
    If I had known it was you, I would have acted differently.

    Thank you!

    Cheers!
    I'm not a teacher, but...

    Both sentences, to my ear, sound fine; nonetheless, I would change the punctuation in the first sentence.

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    Default Re: How to write this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but...

    Both sentences, to my ear, sound fine; nonetheless, I would change the punctuation in the first sentence.
    And how about 'or else'?

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