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    EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    In EA, what word would you use for otherwise in the following sentence: "Don't touch that otherwise it won't work"... and also, is there more than 1 term that can be used for otherwise (ie in different contexts?).

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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    I can think of 2 possibilities:
    wa2ella: ما تلمسوش/تلمسهوش وإلا مش حيشتغل
    la7san: ما تلمسوش/تلمسهوش لحسن مش حيشتغل

    For other contexts, you may need to give us other examples.
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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Quote Originally Posted by cherine View Post
    la7san: ما تلمسوش/تلمسهوش لحسن مش حيشتغل
    That's a new one I've never heard. Any idea what it's derived from?

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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Quote Originally Posted by suma View Post
    That's a new one I've never heard. Any idea what it's derived from?
    It's from احسن 'better'. The Badawi-Hinds dictionary lists احسن and لحسن as alternatives meaning 'lest' and even 'because' in situations like "take my keys because I'm leaving (better since I'm leaving anyway)" or "don't talkloud lest he hear us" (better that he doesn't hear us). Perhaps someone else has a more researched answer.

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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Who can give a better answer?

    And thanks for reminding me of أحسن, I can't believe I forgot it!
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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    I have heard people use the word "tara"
    Leave otherwise I will make you leave... e5roj tara a5arrajak

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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Quote Originally Posted by cherine View Post
    Who can give a better answer?

    And thanks for reminding me of أحسن, I can't believe I forgot it!
    الله يخليكي يا شيرين، انا مبسوط انك راضية عن اجابتي

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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Quote Originally Posted by vinyljunkie619 View Post
    I have heard people use the word "tara"
    Leave otherwise I will make you leave... e5roj tara a5arrajak
    This is not Egyptian, right? The thread is about EA (Egyptian Arabic), so if you give examples from other dialects, you need to specify this أحسن/لحسن تلخبط الناس
    Quote Originally Posted by dkarjala View Post
    الله يخليكي يا شيرين، انا مبسوط انك راضية عن اجابتي
    العفو يا فندم
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    Re: EA: Otherwise (Don't do that otherwise...)

    Also ألّا (alla)
    متلمسوش ألا ما يشتغلش
    اذكر الله

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