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    the meaning of "otherwise"

    Hi,

    Imagine you ask two students, "What does the word "otherwise" mean in (1)?" and that one student says it is (2a) and the other says it is (2b).

    (1) If the light is red, stop. Otherwise, go straight on.
    (2) a. If the light is other than red
    b.Except if (or when) the light is red

    Do you agree both students are right?

    Thank you in advance
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    I'm not asking about the possible paraphrase(s) but the meaning, of the word "otherwise."

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    Re: the meaning of "otherwise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Do you agree both students are right?
    I would say yes.
    a. and b. mean the same thing.

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    Re: the meaning of "otherwise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Seiichi MYOGA View Post
    Hi,

    Imagine you ask two students, "What does the word "otherwise" mean in (1)?" and that one student says it is (2a) and the other says it is (2b).

    (1) If the light is red, stop. Otherwise, go straight on.
    (2) a. If the light is other than red
    b.Except if (or when) the light is red

    Do you agree both students are right?

    Thank you in advance
    Seiichi MYOGA

    P.S.
    I'm not asking about the possible paraphrase(s) but the meaning, of the word "otherwise."
    ===Not a teacher===

    1. If the light is red, stop. Otherwise (if not), go straight on.

    Otherwise = If not.

    2. When the light is red, stop. Otherwise (or else), go straight on.

    Otherwise = Or else.

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    Re: the meaning of "otherwise"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2010 View Post
    ===Not a teacher===

    1. If the light is red, stop. Otherwise (if not), go straight on.

    Otherwise = If not.

    2. When the light is red, stop. Otherwise (or else), go straight on.

    Otherwise = Or else.
    I agree, but your second example is somewhat ambiguous with "or else".
    2. "When the light is red, stop.Or else, go straight on."
    That is, stop if you want to, or else go straight on - which I know is not your meaning.

    Otherwise = in all other cases.


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    Re: the meaning of "otherwise"

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I agree, but your second example is somewhat ambiguous with "or else".
    2. "When the light is red, stop.Or else, go straight on."
    That is, stop if you want to, or else go straight on - which I know is not your meaning.

    Otherwise = in all other cases.
    I am sorry

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