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20 / 01 / 2006

LONELY vs. ALONE (2): meaning and examples

Good morning. 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. ALONE: Meaning 1: It means that there is nobody else with you. Example 1: Last night I watched a scary movie on television and I felt a bit frightened because I was all alone*. *all alone = completely alone Example 2: George was sitting alone in the room waiting for the meeting to begin. He didn't realize that it had been cancelled. Meaning 2: It means 'lonely' (to feel sad because there is nobody else with you). Example 3: 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 with lonely 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 and alone. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum 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 your weekend!