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a lone, alone

Which should you use, a lone or alone? The adjective alone means without other people. Alone is not used before nouns; alone can also function as an adverb meaning without anyone else. The adjective lone means alone. Lone is used before nouns.

Incorrect: I am a lone in the house.
Correct: I am alone in the house.
Incorrect: She sat there a lone.
Correct: She sat there alone.
Incorrect: I saw alone figure in the distance.
Correct: I saw a lone figure in the distance.
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