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    Alternate/alternative

    Hello dear teachers.

    What's the difference between the following words.I have no context,but when I saw the have the same meaning in dictionary(as adj)I want to know if you consider any differences in the usage.

    1-alternate and alternative as adj
    2-alternately and alternatively

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    Is there a noun for alternate? And if there is, is it different from alternative(n).In my dictionary it says that alternative(n)is often used for more than two things.That's why I'm aking this.

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    Is there a difference between accomplish and achieve in usage or meaning?
    If there is, could you possibly show me the difference in sentences?


    Endless thanks for taking your time on teaching us.

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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Alternate has one meaning that for every second one.
    We meet on alternate Sundays. This week, not next week, but then again the week following that.

    Alternative means simply "other" when used like this: If you can't drive, there are several alternative methods of getting there. But you can also say "Traffice was very bad, so I took an alternate route." I really don't see a difference in using these two words in this sense.

    As a noun, alternate has a meaning as the person designated to go in someone's place. Maya was going to go to the meeting to represent our office, but she's sick, so as the alternate, Peter attended instead. There were 12 jury members and 2 alternates - if any of the 12 got sick, the first alternate would take his or her place.

    Otherwise, they are pretty much the same and listed as synonyms.

    I don't really see much difference between achieve and accomplish, either.

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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Hello dear teachers.

    What's the difference between the following words.I have no context,but when I saw the have the same meaning in dictionary(as adj)I want to know if you consider any differences in the usage.

    1-alternate and alternative as adj
    2-alternately and alternatively
    occuring or succeeding by turns= alternate, and offering or expressing a choice=alternative
    "The captains alternately chose players for their respective teams".
    "If the flight is grounded, our alternative is to travel by train".


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    Is there a noun for alternate? No, not as I know, there is only a verb: alternate. And if there is, is it different from alternative(n).In my dictionary it says that alternative(n)is often used for more than two things.That's why I'm aking this.

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    Is there a difference between accomplish and achieve in usage or meaning?
    If there is, could you possibly show me the difference in sentences?


    Endless thanks for taking your time on teaching us.
    to be continued...


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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Thank you Barb-D.
    Just one more question.In your example could I replace alternative with alternate?

    If you can't drive, there are several alternate methods of getting there.


    By asking the above quetion, I want to see if it's OK to use either alternate or alternative for two or more things.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Is there a difference between accomplish and achieve in usage or meaning?
    If there is, could you possibly show me the difference in sentences?

    Achieve= initiative and skill were used to reach a goal.
    Accomplish = the successful completion of a task.
    There are so many cases these words can be used interchangeably.

    Endless thanks for taking your time on teaching us.
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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Alternate has one meaning that for every second one.
    We meet on alternate Sundays. This week, not next week, but then again the week following that.

    Alternative means simply "other" when used like this: If you can't drive, there are several alternative methods of getting there. But you can also say "Traffice was very bad, so I took an alternate route." I really don't see a difference in using these two words in this sense.

    As a noun, alternate has a meaning as the person designated to go in someone's place. Maya was going to go to the meeting to represent our office, but she's sick, so as the alternate, Peter attended instead. There were 12 jury members and 2 alternates - if any of the 12 got sick, the first alternate would take his or her place.

    Otherwise, they are pretty much the same and listed as synonyms.

    I don't really see much difference between achieve and accomplish, either.
    Sorry, Barb_D, we must have been typing at the same time.

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    Re: Alternate/alternative

    Quote Originally Posted by atlaisha View Post
    Thank you Barb-D.

    If you can't drive, there are several alternate methods of getting there.
    That sounds fine to me, too.

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