Uses of ‘Alone’, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Lone’

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Uses of ‘Alone’, ‘Lonely’ and ‘Lone’

Uses and differences between alone, lonely, lone;

Alone, and on your own/by yourself (which are less formal and are the normal phrases used in spoken English), describe a person or thing that is separate from others. They do not mean that the person is unhappy. Examples;

– I like being alone in the house.

– I’m going to London by myself next week.

– i want to finish this on my own (= without anyone’s help).

Lone/solitary/single mean that there is only one person or thing there; lone and solitary may sometimes suggest that the speaker thinks the person involved is lonely. Examples;

– a lone jogger in the park

– long, solitary walks

Lonely (North American English also lonesome) means that you are alone and sad. Examples;

– A lonely child

– Sam was very lonely when he first moved to New York.

– She gets lonely now that all the kids have left home.
It can also describe places or activities that make you feel lonely:

– a lonely house

 

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