How to use “else” correctly

02 Apr


I hope you are well today.

Have you ever heard anyone using the word “else” in English before and wondered how to use it correctly?

Today I’ll show you exactly how to use it and in what situations.

First look at this dialogue between two people, Mark (M) and John (J):

M: Good morning, John. Are you coming to the meeting this afternoon?
J: Yes, I think so. Is anybody else coming?
M: Yes, Sheryl and Chris will be there too.
J: The boss told me that I had to invite everyone from this floor. Have I forgotten anyone else?
M: No, that’s everyone. What else did the boss tell you?
J: Nothing else except that I should contact him if something else goes wrong again then we won’t have to have the meeting.

Let’s look at the rules: else can mean other or more after the following words:

somebody, someone, something, somewhere, anybody, anyone, anything, anywhere

everybody, everyone, everything, everywhere, nobody, no one, nothing, nowhere

Look at some examples from the above text:

Is anybody else coming?

Have I forgotten anyone else?

If something else goes wrong again…

else can also mean more after words like “who”, “what”, “why”, “when”, “where”, “how”, “whoever”, “whatever”, etc.

For example,

Apart from sugar, butter and eggs, what else do you need to make a cake?

Who else shall we invite to the wedding?

Remember that “else” comes directly after the word and modifies it.

I hope this has helped you understand the use of “else” correctly.

Have an awesome weekend!

All the best

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Posted by on April 2, 2016 in ABAENGLISH, ENGLISH, HOME


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