LONELY vs. ALONE (2)
20 / 01 / 2006
LONELY vs. ALONE (2): meaning and examples
Yesterday we explained the meaning of the adjective lonely
. It means to be unhappy because there is nobody else with you or because you have no friends
. Today we compare this word with alone
, which can be an adjective or adverb.
: It means that there is nobody else with you.
Last night I watched a scary movie on television and I felt a bit frightened because I was all alone
= completely alone
George was sitting alone
in the room waiting for the meeting to begin. He didn't realize that it had been cancelled.
: It means 'lonely' (to feel sad because there is nobody else with you).
Most people go through periods where they feel alone
or disconnected from others. It is, of course, more serious when these feelings persist for a long time.
In this last example, we could replace alone
and the meaning of the sentence would be the same; this is not the case in examples 1 and 2.
On Monday we will look at another expression related to lonely
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