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    Which one is the best answer? help !

    Which one is the best answer:

    Through reading books with non-violent themes,children can discover alternatives to the violence they often see on television.
    What does the word "alternatives" mean?



    1. Preferences

    2. Selections

    3. Choices

    4. Possibilities


    ??

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    Quote Originally Posted by Unwritten View Post
    Which one is the best answer:

    Through reading books with non-violent themes,children can discover alternatives to the violence they often see on television.
    What does the word "alternatives" mean?


    1. Preferences

    2. Selections

    3. Choices

    4. Possibilities


    ??
    Good question for the Forum. I would go with "possibilities".

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    #3

    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    None of them fits.

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    It is a question in an English book, and someone asked me to help him answer it, I really didn`t know which one is correct .. !

    I`ll ask him to give me the context if possible.

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I most respectfully offer this opinion from Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms:

    "Alternative ... is often loosely used of more than two possible choices."

    (2) The same book lists the following words as synonyms of alternative:

    option
    choice
    preference
    selection
    election

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    If the question here is "what does the word alternatives mean", then the answer is: (of one or more things) available as another possibility.
    If the question is really "which word means alternatives", then "possibilities" would be my choice.
    Given all that, I also agree with 5jj in his assessment that none truly work. They all feel awkward.

    The note on usage from the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged edition:
    USAGE 1 Alternate can be a verb, noun, or adjective, while alternative can be a noun or adjective. In both American and British English, the adjective alternate means 'every other' ( : there will be a dance on alternate Saturdays) and the adjective alternative means 'available as another choice' ( : an alternative route;: alternative medicine; alternative energy sources). In American usage, however, alternate can also be used to mean 'available as another choice': : an alternate plan called for construction to begin immediately rather than waiting for spring. Likewise, a book club may offer an 'alternate selection' as an alternative to the main selection. USAGE 2 Some traditionalists maintain, from an etymological standpoint, that you can have only two alternatives (from the Latin alter ‘other (of two); the other’) and that uses of more than two alternatives are erroneous. Such uses are, however, normal in modern standard English.

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I most respectfully offer this opinion from Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms:

    "Alternative ... is often loosely used of more than two possible choices."

    (2) The same book lists the following words as synonyms of alternative:

    option
    choice
    preference
    selection
    election
    Yes, my option, choice, preference, selection, election and alternative for alternative is supported by the definition you found of "..... more than two possible ("possibilities") choices.

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    #8

    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    So you say that all of them are true?

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    We may have gotten off-topic.
    Is your question number 1 or number 2 (see below)?

    1. Given the four options provided, what is the best answer (word) that defines "alternatives" or

    2. Given the four options provided, what is the best synonym for "alternatives"?

    In other words, from the four options you have indicated, are you looking for the word that comes closest to defining "alternatives" or are you looking for the word that can be used instead of "alternatives"?
    Last edited by JohnParis; 14-Dec-2011 at 18:55.

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    Re: Which one is the best answer? help !

    The whole wording of it leaves much to be desired.

    Through reading books with non-violent themes,children can discover alternatives to the violence they often see on television.
    What does the word "alternatives" mean (here):
    preferences, selections, choices, or possibilities?

    I'd go for either "choices" or "possibilities".

    Through reading books with non-violent themes, children can discover there are other choices to violence.

    Through reading books with non-violent themes, children can discover there are other possibilities of resolving a disagreement or conflict other than just violence.

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