Hi,

According to the dictionary, 'alone' can mean 'feeling unhappy and lonely'. For example,
'I cried like a child because I felt so alone.'
Can I use 'only' or 'solitary' instead without changing the meaning here?

eg2

'Come over and see me; I'm feeling a bit solitary/lonely.'
This is also from the dictionary. Can I use 'alone' here? Do the three words mean the same here?

Thank you very much.
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'Alone' means without companionship; you may be unhappy in that condition, but the word itself does not convey unhappiness:

1-- I cried like a child because I felt so alone.

2-- I laughed with glee because at last I felt alone!

You cannot use 'only' in either sentence.

You can use 'lonely' only for sentence #1, because it does carry a sad meaning.

'Solitary' carries a neutral or positive connotation, and solitary people choose to be so, or it in their character. It does not really fit into #2, however, because 'solitary' is not a feeling but a condition.
Hi MM,

Question1
Mister MicawberYou cannot use 'only' in either sentence.
Do you mean I can't use 'lonely' in

1-- I cried like a child because I felt so alone.

and

2-- I laughed with glee because at last I felt alone!

Question2
Mister MicawberSolitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation, and solitary people choose to be so, or it in their character. It does not really fit into #2,
Do you mean I can not use solitary in

'Come over and see me; I'm feeling a bit solitary/lonely.'

Question3
Mister Micawber'Solitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation
What do you mean by that?

Question4

Could someone be unhappy when he/she is solitary?

Thank you very much
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Hi MM,

Question1
Mister MicawberYou cannot use 'only' in either sentence.
Do you mean I can't use 'lonely' in

1-- I cried like a child because I felt so alone.

and

2-- I laughed with glee because at last I felt alone!

Question2
Mister MicawberSolitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation, and solitary people choose to be so, or it in their character. It does not really fit into #2,
Do you mean I can not use solitary in

'Come over and see me; I'm feeling a bit solitary/lonely.'

Question3
Mister Micawber'Solitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation
What do you mean by that?

Question4

Could someone be unhappy when he/she is solitary?

Thank you very much
Please consolidate your questions into a single, clear post.
Hi MM,

I'm very sorrey to have repeated my questions last time. Here are my questions:

Question1
Mister MicawberYou cannot use 'only' in either sentence.
Do you mean I can't use 'lonely' in

1-- I cried like a child because I felt so alone.

and

2-- I laughed with glee because at last I felt alone!

Question2
Mister MicawberSolitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation, and solitary people choose to be so, or it in their character. It does not really fit into #2,
Do you mean I can not use solitary in

'Come over and see me; I'm feeling a bit solitary/lonely.'

Question3
Mister Micawber'Solitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation
What do you mean by that?

Question4

Could someone be unhappy when he/she is solitary?

Thank you very much
Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
You can use these; these make sense:

I cried like a child because I felt so alone/lonely.

'Come over and see me; I'm feeling a bit lonely.'

Mister Micawber

“'Solitary' carries a neutral or positve connotation”
What do you mean by that?- It is not an unhappy condition.

Could someone be unhappy when he/she is solitary?-- Yes, of course, but not necessarily so. Someone could also be unhappy when surrounded by friends.
Hi MM,

Question1

Does 'solitary' make sense in the sentence:

I laughed with glee because at last I felt solitary!

Is there any difference in meaning between alone and solitary here?

Question2

Could you tell me why solitary doesn't make sense in

"I cried like a child because I felt so solitary"?

Thank you very much
I have already explained this in my first and third posts above. Please read them carefully.
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