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    Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    The word "otherwise" can be used as an adverb or an adjective.

    So in the sentence mentioned above, is "otherwise" an adverb to modify "is" or an adjective to "suggestion" ?

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    I consider it an adverb modifying 'suggestion'.
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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    Why do you think that it's an adverb there?

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    The dictionary below says it is an adverb.
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...se?q=otherwise
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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    But it does not modify a noun in any of the examples given there.

    If it is modifying a noun, it must be an adjective.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Mar-2017 at 19:44. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    Interesting question.

    I think it's an adverbial. Used here, it seems to be synonymous with something like to the contrary. If so, then the question for me is what it's modifying.

    Could we understand it as modifying an implied verb?

    Any suggestion [made] otherwise...

    I can't make sense of it as an adjective: an otherwise suggestion doesn't seem right, does it?

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    Well, English does have a number of postpositive adjectives.

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

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    Well, English does have a number of postpositive adjectives.
    Yes, quite. Thanks for the link. But for me, otherwise cannot be an adjective, whether it is postpositive or otherwise.

    In my sentence above, too, I believe the word appears to be an adjective, but in fact is functioning adverbially, to modify the verb be.

    If we use otherwise to say, generally, 'in another way', then it must be adverbial.

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    What does otherwise modify in "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false? It means something like 'of something else, of a different type' . We could rephrase the sentence wordily as Any suggestion that suggests something other than what has previously been suggested' is false. This suggests to me that it is modifying 'suggestion', and must be an adjective.

    . I cannot see it modifying the verb.

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    Re: Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    What does otherwise modify in "Any suggestion otherwise is simply false? It means something like 'of something else, of a different type' . We could rephrase the sentence wordily as Any suggestion that suggests something other than what has previously been suggested' is false. This suggests to me that it is modifying 'suggestion', and must be an adjective.

    . I cannot see it modifying the verb.
    Yes, I see your point. I find this a very interesting question. I agree that rephrasing can often shed light in cases like this.

    I'm not sure this is particularly illuminating but the final part of the phrase ...is simply false suggests to me that a good rephrasing would be to the contrary. Not so much "that suggests something other than...", as you say, as 'that suggests something in opposition to...', which is slightly different.

    To take this a bit further, if we take as an example the phrase the woman in black.

    Is in black a postpositive adjective modifying the noun the woman?

    Or is the whole phrase a reduced articulation of the woman [who is dressed] in black, where in black modifies the implied verb dressed?

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