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    Hi

    Can you please clarify me the difference between the "otherwise" and "other wise" ?
    I would like to know if using the 2 words can convey different meaning.

    Should i write other wise instead of otherwise OR this will convey different meaning ?

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    Default Re: Otherwise and Other Wise

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie10 View Post
    Hi

    Can you please clarify me the difference between the "otherwise" and "other wise" ?
    I would like to know if using the 2 words can convey different meaning.

    Should i write other wise instead of otherwise OR this will convey different meaning ?

    Regards
    "Otherwise" is all one word for the meaning I think you're looking for.

    I'm going to take an umbrella otherwise I'll get wet if it rains.


    Obviously, it's possible to have "other wise" in a sentence. For example:

    There are three wise women in this room. There are other wise women in a different room.

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    Default Re: Otherwise and Other Wise

    The morpheme '-wise' means way/method/means; 'otherwise', like 'anyway' is now one word (though they both started life, hundreds of years ago, as two).

    (You'll find '-wise' in a few other words - 'clockwise', 'likewise', 'crab-wise' .... And it's also used, very informally, to create new adverbs: "There's no need to ask your sister along to the party. I'm all fixed up, 'date-wise'" - but you won't find this in any dictionary [at least, I hope not. ])

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    Last edited by BobK; 02-Aug-2010 at 17:28. Reason: Fix typo

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    Default Re: Otherwise and Other Wise

    I looked up the word "wise" and know that it can be used as a noun meaning "way".
    How do you think about this sentence "The other wise is to sleep for about 7 hours a day" ?
    Although I think the use of "way" here is more suitable.
    Thank you very much !

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    I looked up the word "wise" and know that it can be used as a noun meaning "way".
    How do you think about this sentence "The other wise is to sleep for about 7 hours a day" ?
    Although I think the use of "way" here is more suitable.
    Thank you very much !
    It doesn't mean "way" with the definition "method" or "road". It means more like "similarly to/in the direction of". With this usage it's always attached to another word, as BobK gave examples of (clockwise, likewise etc).

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    '[I]t's always attached to another word' today, but in old texts I've met the expression 'in similar wise' (meaning "likewise" or "similarly").

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    Default Re: Otherwise and Other Wise

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    The other wise is to sleep for about 7 hours a day
    The other wise is to sleep for about 7 hours a day
    The other way is to sleep for about 7 hours a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    The other wise is to sleep for about 7 hours a day
    The other way is to sleep for about 7 hours a day
    Did you mean my sentence is correct ?

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    What do you think means?
    Last edited by Tdol; 03-Aug-2010 at 10:06.

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