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19 / 01 / 2006

LONELY vs. ALONE (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. Starting today we are going to explain the difference between the two words lonely (adjective) and alone (adjective or adverb), which are often confused. As with other "easily confused words" we have looked at, both words are translated into one Spanish word (solo), but they have slightly different meanings in English. LONELY: It means to be unhappy because there is nobody else with you, or because you have no friends. Example 1: I felt very lonely when I first moved to Barcelona. I didn't know anybody here and I didn't speak the language. Example 2: You don't have to sit at home and feel lonely! Why don't you join a club or take a class? There are lots of ways to meet new people. You can also use this adjective to describe a period of time or an event which happened when you felt lonely. Example 3: Armando had a very lonely childhood because he had no brothers or sisters* and his parents were rarely at home. For this reason, when he got married he wanted to have several children of his own. *A person with no brothers or sisters is called an only child. Tomorrow we will look at the meaning of the word alone. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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