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(要)不然 vs. 否则

What is the specific difference between these two two words? Are they interchangeable? Under what situations can you only use one but not the other?

For learning: Chinese (Mandarin)
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    1.“不然”和“否则"表示“如果不......,就会.....”的意思,很多时候可以替换。
    eg:我们要快点走了,不然会迟到。
    我们要快点走了,否则会迟到。

    2."否则"意思更绝对(absolute),语气更强,经常用来“命令,要求(order, require)”别人,这个时候,不用”不然“。
    eg:你把药吃了,否则不能出去玩。

    3."不然" 经常和 ”呢“ 一起用,口语里我们会说“不然呢”,这个时候,不用”否则“。
    eg:A- 你现在就去学校吗?
    B- 不然呢?(means" Yes I am going to school NOW".It's a rhetorical question.)

    4."不然" 还有一个意思,就是”不对“。”然“在古代是”正确“的意思,所以”不然“ 有”不正确“的意思。但我们只在书面语用,口语不用。这种时候,不用”否则“。
    eg:大家都觉得他的答案是对的,其实不然。

    你看得懂我的解释吗?我觉得你中文挺好,就没有用英语,我用了比较简单的例子,希望你全部能看明白。

     

    Usually,they are interchangeable,but“否则” is more formal than "要不然"

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