Talk:alone

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alone

Etymology questionable. Usage note on pronunciation seems encyclopedic. Adverb section seems wrong in part. DCDuring TALK 23:57, 27 October 2008 (UTC)

Etymology section changed. Nadando 00:02, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
Half of adverb section in RfD. Will hide verbose pronunciation note somewhow. DCDuring TALK 02:08, 13 December 2009 (UTC)


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alone

  1. Of or by itself; by themselves; without any thing more or any one else; without a sharer; only.
    • Man shall not live by bread alone. —Luke iv. 4. Here, “bread alone” means bread and nothing else.
  2. Unique; without peer or equal:
    • Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare. -- Edna St. Vincent Millay

Both senses seem worded as adjectives. Both usage examples seem to show postpositioned adjectival usage. Adjective section misses these senses, but wording seems so early-last-century. I hope the translators noticed the problem in their work. Needs to be moved. Brought here because translators complain about too may ttbcs and checktrans. DCDuring TALK 02:01, 13 December 2009 (UTC)

Delete. In "dough rises alone", the meaning is not immediately obvious that the bread rises by itself, even though alone is an adverb. Instead, we have a conception of a an isolated lump of dough that rises without anybody tending to it.
For the second definition, the counterexample "Euclid looks at Beauty alone", in construction similar to "Euclid looks at her often", makes that definition as an adverb farcical. VNNS 08:11, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Comment: VNNS (talkcontribs) has effected the deletion of these senses and kept their translation tables.​—msh210 16:54, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

closed, senses have been removed a while ago already. -- Prince Kassad 09:18, 22 December 2010 (UTC)