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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #123656: Only, alone, lonely, by oneself, single
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    Only, alone, lonely, by oneself, single


    1) When placed before a noun, thus being a part of a nominal group, "being the single one" is expressed by ONLY

    - The only person I know here is you! (You are the only person I know here...) 

    * used with a noun= ONLY ONE + noun // in the negative= NOT a SINGLE + noun. 

    - He has only one word and always keeps it... 

    - No need to insist... I won't say a single word before he arrives... 



    2) In any other cases, ONLY should not be used; use ALONE/ BY ONESELF/ or LONELY.

    ALONE and BY ONESELF are describing an objective reality, a situation where the person is "physically" alone, unaccompanied by anyone else.

    Alone cannot be used before a noun:  (an alone child)

    I can do this alone... I don't need anybody's help. 

    She was sitting by herself when I saw her in the waiting room. 



    3) On the contrary, LONELY expresses an inner feeling of solitude, without taking into account the number of people who are actually present: you can be in the middle of a crowd and feel LONELY anyway. => to feel lonely. Lonely may be used before a noun (A lonely child) and after a verb (she was lonely...)

    Since her arrival here, she's been feeling lonely and depressed... 




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