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D00M
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 12:54:14 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is the use of "other than" correct in the following context?

"What happens with the use of out-of-context sentences is that without a meaningful, communicative context, teachers and students have little choice other than to attend to the grammar of the sentence."

The ing form would be wrong in the above?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 12:59:12 PM

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That is exactly correct (I think) - it makes sense.

Usually you choose between two things.

You can choose between
1. looking at the grammar
2. looking at the meaning.

If there is no context, you don't really see the meaning.

So - you can choose between
1. looking at the grammar
2. . . . no other choice (well, very little other choice)

You have little choice, other than the grammar.

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
NKM
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 3:20:38 PM

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I won't say that "other than" is wrong for this use, but "but" would be better.

Romany
Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 3:41:31 PM
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NK -

Yes, it does sound rather stuffy and other-worldly, doesn't it?
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