# the meaning of "otherwise"

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#### Seiichi MYOGA

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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?

Seiichi MYOGA

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

#### IHIVG

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Do you agree both students are right?
I would say yes.
a. and b. mean the same thing.

#### 2010

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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?

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.

#### Raymott

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===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.

#### 2010

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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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