else Definition

  • 1in addition to; besides
  • 2different or otherwise

Using else: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "else" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    What else do you need?

  • Example

    I don't know what else to do.

  • Example

    Is there anything else I can help you with?

  • Example

    She's not like anyone else I've ever met.

else Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with else

  • used to introduce the second of two possibilities, the first being unacceptable or unlikely


    You'd better hurry up, or else you'll miss the train.

  • an exceptional or remarkable person or thing


    That new restaurant is really something else!

  • any other thing or things; whatever else


    Do you need anything else from the store?

Origins of else

from Old English 'elles', meaning 'other, otherwise'


Summary: else in Brief

'Else' [els] means in addition to or different from what has been mentioned. It is often used to introduce a second possibility, as in 'You'd better hurry up, or else you'll miss the train.' 'Else' can also be used to describe an exceptional person or thing, as in 'That new restaurant is really something else!'

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