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    interpretation of otherwise

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask what the "otherwise" below refer to.

    ...With an e-book, we download it, read it, and though it may remain stored as an electronic file somewhere, it is otherwise forgotten: out of sight, out of mind. Physical books, on the other hand, remain with us as reminders of the places that we have been and the issues that have sparked our interest...

    Thank you!

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask what the "otherwise" below refer to.

    ...With an e-book, we download it, read it, and though it may remain stored as an electronic file somewhere, it is otherwise forgotten: out of sight, out of mind. Physical books, on the other hand, remain with us as reminders of the places that we have been and the issues that have sparked our interest...

    Thank you!

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    It sounds a bit awkward to me. I would change the expression:

    With an e-book, we download it, read it and even though it remains stored as an electronic file somewhere, it is eventually forgotten: out of sight, out of mind.

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Physical books, on the other hand, remain with us as reminders of the places that we have been to and the issues that have sparked our interest...

    Thank you!

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    You have been to a place, but you don't have been a place.

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Dear all,
    Leandro-Z, thanks for your reply, but it's a part of a passage I read, which was written by a native speaker of English.

    If the use of "otherwise" is strange as Leandro-Z has suggested, it makes sense that the sentence looks difficult to me.

    I'd like to appreciate a native English speaker's opinion.

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Dear all,

    Can anyone help me make sure what "otherwise" refers to?

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    "Otherwise" is OK in this sentence in my opinion. "Otherwise" can mean in other respects. The e-book is still in the memory of your computer, but, other than that, it is forgotten. The e-book's being in the memory of your computer is the only way in which it remains remembered.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 19-Jun-2011 at 22:33. Reason: typo

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    "Physical books, on the other hand, remain with us as reminders of the places that we have been to and the issues that have sparked our interest..."

    It's important that you read all of the passage, "...remain with us as reminders of the places we have been...", is a good English sentence.
    Why do you state the sentence is okay?

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    Re: interpretation of otherwise

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    Why do you state the sentence is okay?
    Because it is correct.

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