12/04/16 “Alone, Lonely, Lonesome and Lone”


Do you know all these words?

Alone suggests that a person or thing is separate – there are no others around. Lonely (and informal US lonesome) refers to unhappiness caused by being alone. Compare:
I like to be alone for short periods.
But after a few days I start getting lonely/lonesome.
Alone can be emphasized by all.
After his wife died, he 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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