else [ els ] adverb ***
Else can be used in the following ways:
after a pronoun such as something, nothing, anyone, or everyone :
He married someone else.
Is there anything else you wanted?
after the adverbs somewhere, anywhere, everywhere, and nowhere :
You'll have to sit somewhere else.
after a word such as what, who, how, or whatever :
Who else was with you?
Where else did you go?
after much and little :
I have little else to offer.
used for showing that you are referring to other things, people, places, etc., apart from the particular ones that you mention or know about:
You can't tell anyone else it's a secret between you and me.
Before we do anything else, we have to sit down and make a list.
There isn't much else to tell you.
What else have you been doing wrong, Kelly?
The police had already interviewed everyone else.
This could only happen in the United States nowhere else in the world!
or else
1. ) used for stating the second of two possibilities:
You could drive to Chicago, or else fly there and rent a car.
either...or else: Either he's asleep, or else he's just ignoring me.
2. ) used for saying that there will be a bad result if something does not happen:
We'd better leave now or else we'll miss our train.
Always check the oil level, or else you risk damaging the engine.
3. ) MAINLY SPOKEN used for threatening someone:
Give me back those letters or else I'll scream.
or else (=used when you do not say what you are threatening to do): You'd better do what I say, or else!
4. ) MAINLY SPOKEN used for saying that something must be true, because the situation would be different if it were not true:
You know I really care about you, or else I wouldn't be here.
I'm sure they're safe, or else we'd have heard something.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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