Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone.

'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without revealing Ann's aversion to it.

'subordinately' does impart Ann's dislike, but is this a right word?

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    Since you already said preferably about email, the implication is that anything else is less preferable.
    – Barmar
    Jan 29, 2015 at 16:38
  • @Barmar has it right. You could say else after or, but it's not necessary. Jan 29, 2015 at 17:04
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    You could say, "Please contact Ann preferably via email, or, if necessary, by telephone."
    – Jim
    Jan 29, 2015 at 17:40

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Because you already stated the preferred method, you could just say

, or if necessary by telephone.

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    Or, to really convey a tone of disgust, try "or if you must, by telephone". Jan 31, 2015 at 10:31

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