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    #1

    checking of a few sentences 2

    Dear teacher,

    Would you be kind enough to check out the plausibility of the following sentences?

    She was angry with you, otherwise she wouldn’t have spoken to you like this.

    It is sure to rain later in the day, or the birds would not be flying so low.

    She never intended to go, otherwise she would have packed her things.

    She’s really fond of children, otherwise she would not be popular with them.

    I use only the freshest butter, or my cakes would not be so good.

    He memorized his speech, otherwise he would not have spoken so well.

    She must have heard of it, otherwise she would not have been so glum.

    I’m sure he did not get the job, otherwise he would not have looked so downcast.

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

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    #2

    Re: checking of a few sentences 2

    Better:

    She’s really fond of children, otherwise she would not have ordered it from the menu.

    All others are OK.

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    #3

    Re: checking of a few sentences 2

    ".....would not have spoken to you like that"

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    #4

    Re: checking of a few sentences 2

    Can "otherwise" serve as a conjunction? These all look like comma splices to me.

    (I'm happy to be wrong here. I'd just like someone who really knows these terms to straighten me out.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: checking of a few sentences 2

    otherwise (adv.)= in alternate respects, ways or manners.

    A leader has to lead otherwise he has no business in politics. — Harry Truman, Source: Memoirs

    otherwise
    sentence connector
    1 or else; if not, then
    go home <emdash> otherwise your mother will worry


    There is a flexible term in my native language like “conjunctive adverbs” which are used to introduce subordinate clauses. By the same token, some adverbs are homonymous with prepositions, conjunctions and words of the category of state.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 10-Apr-2010 at 08:20.

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