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Everyone knows what "lonely" and "alone" both refer to: a single person, not surrounded by people. It's about the state of being only "one". But the fact that they do refer to the same concept is also the cause of many errors in the English vocabulary. Because they are spelled similarly and have quite similar meanings, people also tend to replace them regardless of the context - which shouldn't happen.
Some subtle differences between them create different usage requirements. Let's see which these are and eliminate potential confusions. Lonely vs. Alone So what you have to remember as a main and essential difference between "lonely" and "alone" is that you "feel lonely" and you "are alone".
More exactly, "lonely" is a feeling, whereas "alone" is a state of being. To clear it up in the shortest possible way to remember, you feel "lonely" because you are "alone". Being "lonely" is an effect, a feeling caused by being "alone".
When do we use "lonely"?
Below there are two main contexts where you can use "lonely" to describe the feeling of unhappiness caused by not being with other people. Example 1 : She felt so lonely and sad, whenever her kids left the home for more than a week. Example 2 : There is a lonely place down this river, no people live within a distance of 5 kilometers.
When do we use "alone"?
Example 2 : Last week alone, we had an increase of Conclusion Although both "lonely" and "alone" refer to the same aspect of being without other persons, there is a notable difference in the way you should use these similar words in sentences in order to not create confusions or errors. What it's essential and actually a key to remembering when to use each correctly, is that you "feel lonely" because of the fact that you are "alone".
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