Quick answer
"De lo contrario" is a phrase which is often translated as "otherwise", and "o" is a conjunction which is often translated as "or". Learn more about the difference between "de lo contrario" and "o" below.
de lo contrario(
deh
 
loh
 
kohn
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trah
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ryoh
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. otherwise
Te invito a la fiesta porque quiero que vengas, de lo contrario, no lo haría.I'm inviting you to the party because I want you to come, otherwise I wouldn't do it.
b. or else
Tendría que operarse, de lo contrario, irá perdiendo gradualmente la visión de ese ojo.You should have an operation, or else you'll gradually lose the sight of that eye.
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o(
oh
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (used to give alternatives)
a. or
¿Qué color prefieres, verde o azul?What color do you prefer, green or blue?
2. (used in a correlation; "o" is used before each alternative)
a. either...or
Terminarás tu tarea o por las buenas o por las malas.You're going to finish your homework either the easy way or the hard way.
3. (otherwise)
a. o
Haz lo que te digo o no vamos al parque.Do as I say or we won't go to the park.
4. (in other words)
a. o
La residencia del presidente de los Estados Unidos, o Casa Blanca, fue construida en 1790.The residence of the President of the United States, or the White House, was built in 1790.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
5. (letter)
a. o
La o va antes de la p en el abecedario.O comes before p in the alphabet.
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
6. (West)
a. W
¿Cuáles son las coordenadas? - 28°37'N y 106°5'O.What are the coordinates? - 28°37'N and 106°5'W.
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