13/04/16 “Alternate(ly) and Alternative(ly)”

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Similar, but different
Pay attention. These two words look very similar but, in fact, are very different.

Alternate(ly) means every second”, “first one and then the other”,  “in turns”.
Example:
We spend alternate weekends at our country cottage.
I’m alternately happy and depressed.

Alternative(ly) is similar to “different”, “instead”, “on the other hand”.
Example:
She’s not free on the 27th. We’ll have to find an alternative date for the meeting.
You could go by air, or alternatively you could drive there.

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