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else

[e̱ls]

  1. ADJ: pron-indef/quest ADJ You use else after words such as `anywhere', `someone', and `what', to refer in a vague way to another person, place, or thing.

    ADV: adv ADV

    • Else is also an adverb. I never wanted to live anywhere else.
  2. ADJ: pron-indef ADJ You use else after words such as `everyone', `everything', and `everywhere' to refer in a vague way to all the other people, things, or places except the one you are talking about.

    ADV: adv ADV

    • Else is also an adverb. London seems so much dirtier than everywhere else.
  3. PHR-CONJ-COORD You use or else after stating a logical conclusion, to indicate that what you are about to say is evidence for that conclusion.

  4. PHR-CONJ-COORD You use or else to introduce a statement that indicates the unpleasant results that will occur if someone does or does not do something.

  5. PHR-CONJ-COORD You use or else to introduce the second of two possibilities when you do not know which one is true.

  6. PHRASE: PHR with cl (emphasis) Above all else is used to emphasize that a particular thing is more important than other things.

  7. PHRASE: PHR with cl You can say `if nothing else' to indicate that what you are mentioning is, in your opinion, the only good thing in a particular situation.

  8. PHRASE: cl PHR You say `or else' after a command to warn someone that if they do not obey, you will be angry and may harm or punish them. [SPOKEN]

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e̱lsADJ You use else after words such as `anywhere', `someone', and `what', to refer in a vague way to another person, place, or thing.Examples

If I can't make a living at painting, at least I can teach someone else to paint...
We had nothing else to do on those long trips...
What else have you had for your birthday?...
There's not much else I can say.

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