From Middle English ells, elles, from Old English elles (“other, otherwise, different”), from Proto-Germanic *aljas (“of another, of something else”), genitive of *aljaz (“other”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élios, from *h₂el- (“other”). Cognate with Old Frisian elles (“other”), Old High German elles, ellies (“other”), Danish eller (“or”), Danish ellers (“otherwise”), Swedish eljes, eljest (“or else, otherwise”), Norwegian elles (“else, otherwise”), Gothic 𐌰𐌻𐌾𐌹𐍃 (aljis, “other”), Latin alius (“other, another”), Ancient Greek ἄλλος (állos), αἶλος (aîlos) (Arcadocypriot), (Modern Greek αλλιώς (alliós, “otherwise, else”)).
- (Received Pronunciation, US) IPA(key): /ɛls/
- (colloquial) IPA(key): /ɛlts/
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- Rhymes: -ɛls
else (not comparable)
- (postpositive, used only with indefinite or interrogative pronouns) Other; in addition to previously mentioned items.
- The instructor is busy. Can anyone else help me?
- We've made the corrections requested. What else is needed?
- The bureaucracy, as with most else in this country, is broken.
- This adjective usually follows an indefinite or interrogative pronoun, as in the examples above. In other cases, the adjective other is typically used.
- anybody else
- anyone else
- anyplace else
- anything else
- anywhere else
- everybody else
- everyone else
- everyplace else
- everything else
- everywhere else
else (not comparable)
- (follows interrogative adverbs) 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?
- (otherwise): This word frequently follows interrogative adverbs, such as how, why, and when, as well as the derived however, why ever, and whenever.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.
- For otherwise; or else.
- Then the Wronskian of f and g must be nonzero, else they could not be linearly independent.
- (computing, in many programming languages and pseudocode) but if the condition of the previous if clause is false, do the following.