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else

adverb
 
 
/els/
IN ADDITION A2 in addition to someone or something: Would you like anything else to eat? What else did he say?Also, extra, and in addition
DIFFERENT A2 different from someone or something: I don't like it here. Let's go somewhere else. I didn't say that. It must have been someone else.Different and difference
OTHER A2 other things or people: I forgot my toothbrush, but I remembered everything else.Also, extra, and in addition
or else used to compare two different things or situations: He talks to her all the time, or else he completely ignores her.Comparing and contrasting B2 used to say what will happen if another thing does not happen: We must be there by six, or else we'll miss the beginning.Dangers and threatsThreats and warnings
if all else fails if no other plan is successful: If all else fails, you're welcome to stay at our house.Failing and doing badly
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