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rainbow402

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THE predictions were for a much narrower race. Yet Ma Ying-jeou of the Nationalist party, or Kuomintang (KMT), won by a landslide in presidential elections in Taiwan on Saturday March 22nd. Taiwanese turned out in high numbers—about 200,000 alone poured back from mainland China to vote. They gave Mr Ma over 58% of the vote, a 17-point lead over his rival, Frank Hsieh of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), and returned to power through the ballot box a party that had once ruled Taiwan by force.

Dear Teacher,

What is the meaning of " alone" here? alone= strong?

Don't find a suitable entry in the dictionary by myself. :roll:

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demonlynxx

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Alone here refers to *just* the people from mainland China. There were many more than 200,000 people who showed up. However, alone is used to show that mainland China contributed 200,000 by itself (alone), a large amount of people to come from just one place. Hope that helps.

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about 200,000 poured back from mainland China alone to vote.

This now says that

200,000 people (just from the mainland) came back to vote.
 
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