alternatively = or ?

Deborah White

Senior Member
Korean Korea
Hello,

When I studied the word 'alternatively', I found the following example, which though makes sense nevertheless sounds a little wierd to me.

Come with us, alternatively, meet us there. (from an Oxford dictionary!)

I just feel it's not like oral English. As if the speaker is deliberately pretending to be very formal or highly-educated.

I suppose this word occurs more normally in some manuals or science magazine, etc.

How is the real situation of its use?

ps:
I can meet you at eight o'clock; ........ you can call for me.
A. alternatively B. accordingly

Choice A is the given answer, but can Choice B be plausible?
 
Last edited:
  • TrentinaNE

    Senior Member
    USA
    English (American)
    I think you'll find alternatively used more in formal writing than in everyday speech.

    Choice B doesn't sound logical to me. The sentence is giving two options: we'll meet at 8, or if that isn't good for you, call me.

    Elisabetta
     

    Aardvark01

    Senior Member
    British English (Midlands)
    'or' and 'alternatively' both distinguish the options
    but 'accordingly' compares similar options, they are 'in accord' with one another.

    I can meet you at eight o'clock; ........ you can call for me.
    A. alternatively B. accordingly


    The second clause would not be necessary if you decided to meet at 8.00, you would not do both so they do not accord with one another.
     
    < Previous | Next >
    Top