LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||29/MAR/2011 8:28 PM|
I found your question very interesting. I don't recall paying any attention to the differences between "else" and "more". "Else" has many uses:
Sometimes "else" means "or you will be very sorry, or something very bad will happen."
A mother tells a child, "Clean up your room or else." (Or you will be punished, or you will be bitten by the mosquitoes in your almost-pantanal room and die a horrible death.)
Dad told me to do it or else. (I may not know exactly what the threat is, but it must be something terrible.)
Sometimes "else" is used to emphasize "or". You could spend the summer on the beach in Mexico, or else you could find a job in Alaska. The word "else" is not needed in the sentence, but you will hear it. It is more or less a substitute for "an alternative could/would be that". You could spend the summer on the beach in Mexico, or an alternative could/would be that you could find a job in Alaska.
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