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    What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    What does the otherwise mean in the following sentence?

    The alien should be documented as E-1 if he or she is otherwise qualified. Can you give a few more examples as otherwise used in this way? Thanks.

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    It means if he/she has met all of the other qualifications.

    See some definitions and examples here.

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    This is legal or bureaucratic jargon. It means "in another way" or "in other ways". A person is "otherwise qualified" if he or she meets all of the other qualification requirements, apart from the point in question, which we can assume from the context has been adequately disposed of. An easier way to say it, in my opinion, is "not otherwise disqualified."

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    It’s still very difficult to understand and use otherwise as in another way, differently in a sentence. What does in another way, differently mean? Can anyone further explain otherwise used as in another way, differently by examples?

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    If an alien has a university degree, he or she should be documented as A1.
    If an alien has other lesser tertiary qualifications, he or she should be documented as B1.
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    The alien should be documented as E-1 if he or she is otherwise qualified. (Qualified in a different way from those already mentioned.)
    This sentence can't appear without any preceding context.

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    Can anyone further explain otherwise used as in another way, differently by examples?
    "He thinks that the situation is under control, but a lot of people think otherwise."
    A lot of people think differently from he does.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by compiler View Post
    What does the otherwise mean in the following sentence?

    The alien should be documented as E-1 if he or she is otherwise qualified. Can you give a few more examples as otherwise used in this way? Thanks.
    I won't bother myself to look up the law, but here is a plausible example.

    The alien should be documented as E-1 if

    1) he or she has been admitted to a prescribed institute of higher education in the USA;

    2) he or she has demonstrated a financial capacity to support him or herself while in the USA;and

    3) he or she is not otherwise disqualified.
    Last edited by probus; 14-May-2014 at 04:38.

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    When you add but, it is easy to understand it because but means in another way, differently. However, sometimes there is no but before the otherwise. Can your example be written as He thinks that the situation is under control. A lot of people think otherwise. Is it correct? Another example from the online dictionary is She thought otherwise. Does it mean she thought differently?

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "He thinks that the situation is under control, but a lot of people think otherwise."
    A lot of people think differently from he does.

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    When you add but, it is easy to understand it because but means in another way, differently. However, sometimes there is no but before the otherwise. Can your example be written as He thinks that the situation is under control. A lot of people think otherwise. Is it correct? Another example from the online dictionary is She thought otherwise. Does it mean she thought differently?

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    Re: What does the otherwise mean in this sentence?

    I'm afraid the example "A lot of other people think otherwise" is not the same use you describe in your first post.

    The alien should be documented as E-1 if he or she is otherwise qualified
    The alien should be documented as E-1 if he or she is in all other ways qualified

    Unless there is something else that disqualifies this alien, document this alient as E-1.

    Let's say there is a list of requirements someone must meet to be eligible for a program.
    They must have A, B, C, D, and E.

    Someone asks if they can be accepted even though they don't have requirement E. Someone else recommends this, saying he would be very good in the program. You agree to waive requirement E if the person is otherwise qualified - if they meet A, B, C, and D.

    However, if A or B or C or D is not met, then he is not "otherwise" qualified so he is not accepted into the program.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 14-May-2014 at 13:49.
    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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