WOTW: otherwise

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - otherwise

“Otherwise” is an adverb that has a number of related meanings. Let’s find out what they are:

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The first meaning of “otherwise” means in a different situation to now, which is the same as saying “or else”.  

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+ Luckily, I am not motivated by money, otherwise I would have quit this job already.

+ Some families are donating money that would otherwise be spent on unnecessary Christmas presents to good causes.

+ You had to respect him, otherwise you were in trouble.

+ I must do this now, otherwise I will forget.

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The second meaning of “otherwise” means in other respects or ways, which is the same as saying “apart from that”.

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+ Our cat, who is three years old and otherwise healthy, is very skinny.

+ The Ancient Egyptians relied on the flooding of the Nile to farm an otherwise desert landscape.

+ There was been little good news in an otherwise bad week.

+ His bookshelves are packed with books in an otherwise minimalist house.

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The third meaning of “otherwise” means in a different way or as an alternative to.

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+ She is otherwise engaged and can’t make the event.

+ To pretend otherwise is to deny the reality on the ground.

+ Vending machines, otherwise known as “automatic retailing machines”, are everywhere in Japan.

+ Many companies are hiring people to write blogs, otherwise known as web logs, to promote their businesses online.

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The pronunciation is /ˈʌðəwʌɪz/.

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This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.

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この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。

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