Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Other = (1) not the same; different: ‘Any other color would have been better.’ (2) additional: ‘The bus conductor and two other passengers were died in the accident.’

When used before a noun, other never has an s: ‘Do you have any other shoes besides the brown ones?’ Compare: ‘Besides the brown shoes, do you have any others?’

Do not use and others at the end of a list of examples. In some styles, it is possible to use etc. for this purpose, but in formal styles, use such as (or such … as): ‘Candidates’ performance in the test was influenced by several factors such as age, sex, attitude, and language.’

Otherwise = unlike or, otherwise is an adverb (NOT a conjunction): ‘I’m glad that you informed me about the show being canceled. Otherwise I’d have travelled all the way to Glasgow for nothing.’

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