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else
1. The usual possessive forms are anybody else's, someone else's, etc., and not (for example) anybody's else, although this was used until the mid-19c:

• They look to me like someone else's, to be frank —Penelope Lively, 1987

• We would like to think our service is better than anyone else's —Daily Record, 2007.

2. In questions, else invariably follows an interrogative pronoun, as in What else did he say? Postponement of else to the end of the sentence, as in What did he say else?, although possible up to the early part of the 20c, is no longer grammatical.
3. Thus use of else as a conjunction to mean ‘otherwise, if not’, which is common in literature since the Middle Ages, now seems archaic but is still found in informal speech: Fortunately it [sc. a staircase]

• was not spiral, else I would have succumbed to vertigo —B. Rubens, 1985.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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