I'm not sure what's common for conditional statements, with and without alternative consequent clauses, in speech—even my own—but as a computer programmer, I'm niggled whenever I have to write English instructions that follow the form of a programmatic
if (condition) doThis(); else doThat();. I was just wondering what structure seemed clearest and least ambiguous (not necessarily restricted to the following), keeping in mind that the place-holders (
consequent) might include punctuation such as one or more commas, or even a number of sub-clauses:
<If...>, or else
- I've determined "or else" to be poor style. "Else" on its own would be better but still sounds inferior to otherwise or negating the condition.