"or" vs "otherwise"

Do the words "otherwise" and "or" mean the same in the following context?
Are they both correct?

Here is the examples:

  • John, you should follow the instructions that teacher said, or/otherwise you will not be able to complete the project.
Original Post

Subha,

My sense is that "or" is a conjunction that can join two co-equal (is that redundant?) clauses within a single sentence, whereas "otherwise" is an adverb that should introduce a separate sentence.  Hence:

A: John, you should follow the instructions that teacher said, or you will not be able to complete the project.

B: John, you should follow the instructions that teacher said.  Otherwise, you will not be able to complete the project.

I hope this helps.

DocV

Add Reply

Likes (0)
×
×
×
×