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English

Etymology

Old English elles, from Proto-Germanic *aljeso, adverbial use of genitive neuter form of *aljo- (other). Cognate with Swedish eljest, Danish and Norwegian ellers.

Pronunciation

Adjective

else (not comparable)

Positive
else

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Other; in addition to previously mentioned items.
    Can anyone else (=any other person) help me?
    What else (=what other thing) is there?

Usage notes

  • This adjective usually follows an indefinite or interrogative pronoun, as in the examples above. In other cases, the adjective other is typically used.

Derived terms

Adverb

else (not comparable)

Positive
else

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Otherwise, if not.
    How else (=in what other way) can it be done?
    I'm busy Friday; when else (=what other time) works for you?

Usage notes

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

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Conjunction

else

  1. For otherwise; or else.
    Then the Wronskian of f and g must be nonzero, else they could not be linearly independent.
  2. (computing, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) but if the condition of the previous if clause is false, do the following.
    if (edits.Count == 0) { NoEditsLabel.Visible = true; }
    else { EditHistory.Show(edits); }

See also


Italian

Noun

else f.

  1. Plural form of elsa.

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