alternate vs alternative :

alternate or alternative

Although UK authorities disapprove, in US usage, “alternate” is frequently an adjective, substituted for the older “alternative”: “an alternate route.” “Alternate” can also be a noun; a substitute delegate is, for instance, called an “alternate.” But when you’re speaking of “every other” as in “our club meets on alternate Tuesdays,” you can’t substitute “alternative.”

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  • n  someone who takes the place of another person
  • v  go back and forth; swing back and forth between two states or conditions
  • v  exchange people temporarily to fulfill certain jobs and functions
  • v  be an understudy or alternate for a role
  • v  reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
  • v  do something in turns
  • s  every second one of a series
    the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays
  • s  serving or used in place of another
  • s  occurring by turns; first one and then the other
  • a  of leaves and branches etc; first on one side and then on the other in two ranks along an axis; not paired
    stems with alternate leaves

  • n  one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
    there no other alternative
  • s  serving or used in place of another
    an alternative plan
  • s  necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities
    alternative possibilities were neutrality or war
  • s  pertaining to unconventional choices
    an alternative life style
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