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adjectives - "otherwise"

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adjectives - "otherwise"

Postby suhann » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:22 am


Is the use of "otherwise" as an adjective correct in the following sentence :

"Only parents are allowed in, otherwise, the gate remains locked."

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Postby Alan » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:34 am

'Otherwise' is an adverb, not an adjective, but your sentence is fine as long as you change the comma before it into a semi-colon (since 'otherwise' does not function as a clause-connector).
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