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’.  


  • 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.


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