| - Tim Lake |
“Otherwise” is an adverb that has a number of related meanings. Let’s find out what they are:
The first meaning of “otherwise” means in a different situation to now, which is the same as saying “or else”.
+ 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.
The second meaning of “otherwise” means in other respects or ways, which is the same as saying “apart from that”.
+ 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.
The third meaning of “otherwise” means in a different way or as an alternative to.
+ 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.
The pronunciation is /ˈʌðəwʌɪz/.
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.
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。