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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #113041: Only - Alone - Lonely
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    Only - Alone - Lonely

    1 )   EXCLUSIVITY, UNICITY when used before a noun are expressed by ONLY which can also be preceded by the only + noun/pronoun.

    - The only thing I know is that he's a liar.

    - She's the only 5-year-old girl with so many books.

    - Among all my friends, he's the only one I trust. 

       * In order to express "UNICITY" = only one + noun or a single + noun/pronoun.

    - I'll say only one word: never! 

    - He didn't give a single cent for his friend's gift.

    * an only daughter, an only son= an only child.




    2 ) ALONE:  When dealing with the exclusion of others, meaning "nobody else"= alone or by oneself. This is an objective reality.  Alone and by oneself cannot be used as attributive adjectives.

    - Be sensible! She can't go there alone: she's only 4!

    - Audrey was sitting by herself and looked very sad.



        3 ) On the contrary, when dealing with a solitary feeling, felt even in the middle of a crowd, or alone, then use lonely. 

    - Though all my friends are here, I 'm feeling terribly lonely tonight.




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