else : E. S. Gould and certain other critics take exception to a possessive use of this word, upon which the former says “A comparatively modern and a superlatively ridiculous custom has been introduced by putting not the noun but the adjective, else, in the possessive case.... Else, in the way it is used, means besides ... [one] might as well say somebody besides's, etc. The proper construction of the several phrases is somebody's else, nobody's else.”

On this subject the STANDARD DICTIONARY says: “The expressions some one else , any one else , every one else , somebody else , which are in good usage, are treated as substantive phrases and have the possessive inflection upon else ; as, somebody else's umbrella; but some people prefer to treat them as elliptical expressions; as, the umbrella is somebody's else (i. e., other than the person previously mentioned).”