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otherwise

Pronunciation: /ˈʌðərwaɪz; ˈʌðəwaɪz/

Translation of otherwise in Spanish:

adverb/adverbio

  • 1 (if not) (sentence adv) si no we must go, we'll be late otherwise tenemos que irnos, si no, vamos a llegar tarde you have to pay, otherwise they'll send you to jail tienes que pagar, si no or de lo contrario, te van a meter preso
    Example sentences
    • However, some families are calling a halt to the festive excesses and donating money otherwise spent on cards or presents to a good cause.
    • These have increased as the US downturn deepened, with subsidiaries in Ireland sending more money back than otherwise would have been the case.
    • According to the new regulation, I need to visit the police office to hand in the money; otherwise the fine will be 30,000 RMB.
  • 2 (in other respects) por lo demás, aparte de eso she mentioned her marriage; otherwise she said nothing about herself mencionó su matrimonio; por lo demás or aparte de eso no dijo nada sobre sí misma there were some exciting moments at the end, but otherwise it was a dull game hubo algunos momentos de emoción al final, pero por lo demás or aparte de eso fue un partido aburrido
    Example sentences
    • Our lanky cat, who is two years old and in all respects healthy otherwise, is very skinny.
    • But what it is doing is totally alienating otherwise law-abiding citizens and turning them into criminals.
    • He seemed totally normal otherwise and expected me to be as well.
  • 3 3.1 (in a different way) he could not have done otherwise no podía haber hecho otra cosa or [formal] obrado de otro modo we all thought it was too dangerous, but she thought otherwise todos pensamos que era demasiado peligroso, pero no así ella they seem unable to express themselves otherwise than by violence parecen incapaces de expresarse si no es empleando violencia they believe they are right and nothing will convince them otherwise creen que están en lo cierto y nada los convencerá de lo contrario or de que no es así books must not be annotated or otherwise defaced en los libros no se debe escribir ni hacer marcas de ningún tipo unless otherwise agreed, payments … a menos que se convenga otra cosa, los pagos … 3.2 (other, different) there are many problems, legal and otherwise hay muchos problemas, legales y de otro tipo the effects, beneficial or otherwise, will not be known until later los efectos, beneficiosos o no, no se harán notar hasta más tarde this applies to all children, legitimate or otherwise esto se aplica a todo los niños, sean o no legítimos or ya sean legítimos o no how can it be otherwise? ¿cómo no va a ser así? it could so easily have been otherwise las cosas bien podrían haber sido distintas

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