Otherwise

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Definition

otherwise: if not, the alternative is; differently
adverb
Stay here, unless you're told otherwise. Don't move, except if somebody tells you to move.
Let's meet tonight, otherwise I won't be able to see you for a month.
He says that he's single, but I know otherwise. I have seen him many times with the same girl.

Pronunciation examples
UK: She has a big nose but otherwise she is very good looking.
US: Take a taxi, otherwise you'll be late!

Examples

  • "Otherwise, give me a chance, and I'll have a report for you by Tuesday."
  • "Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you next week."
  • "I must thank you and your organization for the opportunity to meet Mr. Cheeter, he has certainly brought a little bit of sunshine into my otherwise drab existence."
  • "And I thank God that I am a woman and you are a boy, and not the other way round, otherwise I would be in prison."
  • "At the hotel room, well, I did actually receive an important phone call, otherwise I would have happily made love to her."
  • "Otherwise it'll be toast for breakfast, dinner, and tea until the end of the month, and a big lad like me needs to keep his energy up."
  • "However, I can tell you that the initiative kills two birds with one stone: not only should it improve the level of hygiene in the office, it will also provide a permanent use for otherwise useless intern, Edward Moon."
  • "Lots of talent, but you need to have the right agent to promote you, otherwise you'll never make it in Hollywood."
  • "Otherwise, leave us alone to get on with our work."

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