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If you are alone, you’re not with people: solo. Alone is an adjective.
For example: I was alone in the garden all afternoon. No other person was with me.
It can also be an adverb of manner: I live alone. I am the only person who lives in my house.
Lonely is an adjective. It means you are ‘sad because you are not with other people’. It describes how someone feels.
He was very lonely when his family was away.
So remember alone is neutral but lonely is a negative emotion.
You can feel happy if you are alone, but if you are lonely, you are not happy.
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1. 「Alone」 可作形容詞用，表示 「獨自的，一個人的」。
- I was alone when I got the call.
- He was alone and couldn’t find his parents.
2. 「Alone」 也可作方式副詞，表示 「獨自地，一個人地（做某事）」。
- She usually works alone and doesn’t like working in teams.
- My uncle lives alone since his partner left.
3. 形容詞 「lonely」 則描述一個人的感受是 「孤獨的，因獨自一人而傷感的」。
- He felt so lonely and like he had no one to talk to.
- I adopted a second dog to act as company for my first. I was worried she was feeling lonely.