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    whyisit is offline Newbie
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    Default Home test question looks wrong!

    Hi teachers,

    I bought myself a book of test questions to try and improve my understanding of English in a 'why' sense as I am weak in this area. I learnt English while living in a native speaking country for 6 years mostly and didn't learn much about the grammatical tools but find it interesting but difficult! Could you please tell me the grammar syntax of why these words are wrong or right?

    The question is:

    I live ________________ in New York

    1. lone 2. lonely 3. loneliness 4.lonesome

    There is no alone which is what I would have used.

    After I live....... is it meant to be an adjective?

    Any help would be appreciated and apologies but most of my future questions will be along these lines.

    I hope this is ok?

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    Default Re: Home test question looks wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by whyisit View Post
    Hi teachers,

    I bought myself a book of test questions to try and improve my understanding of English in a 'why' sense as I am weak in this area. I learnt English while living in a native speaking country for 6 years mostly and didn't learn much about the grammatical tools but find it interesting but difficult! Could you please tell me the grammar syntax of why these words are wrong or right?

    The question is:

    I live ________________ in New York

    1. lone 2. lonely 3. loneliness 4.lonesome

    There is no alone which is what I would have used.

    After I live....... is it meant to be an adjective?

    Any help would be appreciated and apologies but most of my future questions will be along these lines.

    I hope this is ok?
    Definitely "alone" or "all by myself" if the idea is that no one is living with you.

    BUT. Three of the answers have to do with the sadness of enforced solitude. If that meaning is what you are supposed to express, then the answer would be "lonely".

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    Default Re: Home test question looks wrong!

    Than you Abaka. I was quite sure that alone appeared the best too!

    If anyone who is a teacher would break it down it would help a few people no doubt.

    Thanks again.
    Last edited by makaveli; 02-Feb-2009 at 09:28.

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    Default Re: Home test question looks wrong!

    "Loneliness" is a noun.

    "Lone", "lonesome", and "lonely" are adjectives; all would do.

    "Lone" is just uncommon as a predicate adjective (as here); "alone" takes its place. But it also has no meaning of "loneliness".

    Both "live lonely" and "live lonesome" exist; but "live lonely" is more common.

    PS All in all, though, I suspect the question is set wrongly.
    Last edited by abaka; 02-Feb-2009 at 07:00. Reason: added ps

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