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    in another word

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by ohmyrichard, Sep 16, 2009.

    Hi, everyone.

    Please tell me whether there is the expression "in another word" in English. Can "in another word" and "in other words" be used interchangeably? I consulted my Longman and Oxford dictionaries but I only find "in other words" in both dictionaries.

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    Richard
     
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    'In other words' is the expression, although if you are talking about a single word then it might be best to use something like 'Conversely,' 'Alternatively', something like that....
     
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    aaron's already answered you, but I just want to make clear that there is no such phrase "in another word."
     
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    Thanks. Then I will stick to "in other words".
     
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    Thanks. But my Oxford dictionary tells me that "conversely" means "in a way tht is the opposite or REVERSE of something" and it also gives this example sentence: You can add the fluid to the powder, or, conversely, the powder to the fluid. The same dictionary says that "in other words" is used to introduce an explanation of something and an example sentence is given: They asked him to leave-- in other words he was fired. I doubt whether "in other words" and "conversely" can really be used interchangeably.
     
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    Yeah, my bad...conversely is "on the other hand", not "in other words". Sorry for confusing you!
     
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    Never mind. Thanks for replying to my post. The former part of your first post answered my question. Thanks for your help.
    Richard
     
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    Try looking up appositive linking adverbials, hun.

    alternatives are: 'i.e.' ('id est'l Latin for 'that is'), you could also use 'that is' in fiction. There's also 'which is to say' I think.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Hi, Sound of Silence. Thanks for giving me its alternatives.
     
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    whilst it isn't an 'expression' as such, it isn't technically wrong. i would prefer to read 'to use another word' perhaps if you wanted to use it rather than writing using an existing expression. but i suppose it would depend upon the context of what you were writing.​
     
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    No problem, hun.;)
     

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