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I mostly know the "else" from computer languages.
However, its meaning is often used in normal English.
Can I use "else" these ways, or are there better words like "otherwise"?
Don't buy this car, else you will have problems.
We should be quieter, else we will be in trouble.
What else have you tried beside the advice I gave you?
You must buy an expensive sound system, else you will not have much fun with it.
Please listen to me, else I will go!
Thank you and sorry for retrieving this old thread.
I just have one small question:
Does it even make sense to use "else" in sentence 1, 2, 4 and 5?
It seems just "or" would be enough...
What do you think?
The adjective usually follows an indefinite or interrogative pronoun, as in the following examples. In other cases, the adjective other is typically used.
Can anyone else (=any other person) help me?
What else (=what other thing) is there?
The adverb usually follows interrogative adverbs, such as how, why, and when, as well as the derived however, why ever, and whenever.
How else (=in what other way) can it be done?
I'm busy Friday; when else (=what other time) works for you?