Alone vs Alane - What's the difference?

alone | alane |

As an adjective alone

is by oneself, solitary.

As an adverb alone

is by one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.

As a noun alane is




(wikipedia alone)


(en adjective)
  • By oneself, solitary.
  • :
  • *(Bible), (w) ii. 18
  • *:It is not good that the man should be alone .
  • *(Samuel Taylor Coleridge) (1772-1834)
  • *:Alone on a wide, wide sea.
  • Apart from, or exclusive of, others.
  • :
  • *(Richard Bentley) (1662-1742)
  • *:God, by whose alone power and conversation we all live, and move, and have our being.
  • Considered separately.
  • *
  • *:“[…] it is not fair of you to bring against mankind double weapons ! Dangerous enough you are as woman alone , without bringing to your aid those gifts of mind suited to problems which men have been accustomed to arrogate to themselves.”
  • *{{quote-magazine, title=No hiding place
  • , date=2013-05-25, volume=407, issue=8837, page=74, magazine=(The Economist) citation , passage=In America alone , people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.}}
  • Without equal.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-23, author= Ian Traynor
  • , volume=189, issue=11, page=1, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Rise of Europe's new autocrats , passage=Hungary's leader is not alone in eastern and southern Europe, where democratically elected populist strongmen increasingly dominate, deploying the power of the state and a battery of instruments of intimidation to crush dissent, demonise opposition, tame the media and tailor the system to their ends.}}
  • (lb) Unique; rare; matchless.
  • :(Shakespeare)
  • Usage notes

    * Used after what it modifies.


  • By one's self; apart from, or exclusive of, others; solo.
  • Without outside help.
  • Exclusively.
  • Usage notes

    * Unlike most focusing adverbs, alone typically appears after a noun phrase. *: Only the teacher knew'' vs. ''The teacher alone knew


    * (by oneself) lone, lonely, single, solitary, solo * (without outside help) singlehandedly, by myself * (exclusively)

    Derived terms

    * alonely * leave alone * let alone






    (en noun)
  • (inorganic compound) aluminium hydride, AlH3
  • (organic chemistry) Any organic derivative of this compound
  • Usage notes

    This is the current IUPAC name, but is to be replaced by alumane because the systematically derived name of the -AlH2 group would be alanyl which is already used as a derivative of alanine.