English Vocabulary: «Alone, lonely, lonesome and lone»
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Alone means ‘without others around’. Lonely (and informal American English lonesome) means 'alone and unhappy because of it’.
- I like to be alone for short periods.
- But after a few days I start getting lonely/lonesome.
Alone can be emphasised by all.
- After her husband died, she was all alone.
Alone is not used before a noun. Lone and solitary can be used instead; lone is rather literary.
- The only green thing was a lone/solitary pine tree.