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Nightedge Oct 17th, 2015 11:22 pm

More than seventy years ago, when I was still a student, I wrote a sentence:

-The scenes that John thought ideal were obstructed __ adopting a cultural context.

I used otherwise than, but my teacher said it was wrong, without giving any reason. I could not ask him now, since he is in his grave. Why is my sentence wrong? What word should I use if not otherwise than?

susan53 Oct 24th, 2015 04:21 am

Re: otherwise
It's wrong for two reasons :

1) otherwise is not followed by than. Otherwise means if not and is a sentence adverb :
We need to stop at a service station. Otherwise, we're going to run out of petrol. - ie If we don't stop at a service station, we're going to ... etc
Maybe you were confusing it with other than meaning except ? eg He has no friends other than David.

2. But whether you just meant otherwise or other than the sentence still makes no sense. This is made worse by the use of the verb obstructed which means physically blocked - eg The road was obstructed by an overturned lorry.
How can scenes be obstructed ??

So I'm afraid that the sentence is completely unclear as to the meaning. Can you rephrase it using different words to explain what you wanted to say?

Nightedge Oct 24th, 2015 07:02 am

Re: otherwise
Excellent answer. Thank you.

I wrote it a long time ago, so I cannot remember what meaning I might have intended to convey. I will do my best to search my memory and come back.

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