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English Language English Vocabulary: «Alone, lonely, lonesome and lone»

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Alone, lonely, lonesome and lone

Alone means ‘without others around’. Lonely (and informal American English lonesome) means 'alone and unhappy because of it’.  

Compare:

  • I like to be alone for short periods.
  • But after a few days I start getting lonely/lonesome. 


Alone can be emphasised by all. 

Example:

  • 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. 

Example:

  • The only green thing was a lone/solitary pine tree.

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