I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this:

In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise.

Did I use otherwise correctly here please ?

Thanks for helping guys

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No, it reads better as:

"the value of x is always 1 unless otherwise stated"

it would also work as

"the value of x is always 1 unless stated otherwise"

I can see why the use of "the otherwise", the use here is an adjective, however "otherwise" the word effectively means "the alternative" and so is typically used standalone.

  • 'Otherwise' literally means 'other ways'. It is not definite because 'the other way' is not given.
    – AmI
    May 31, 2016 at 22:07
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    Drop the "always." You don't need it and it's confusing.
    – DyingIsFun
    Jul 1, 2016 at 2:34

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