[wp-docs] Alternate vs. alternative
strunk at omitneedlesswords.com
Sat Mar 12 00:01:51 GMT 2005
> Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2005 08:29:20 -0500
> From: Carthik Sharma <carthik at gmail.com>
> "Alternate" is an adjective that means "That which is an alternative".
> You can feel free to look it up. I did, before I created the title,
> and Owen, it's not a verb - no one is talking about alternating
> between databases anymore that one's referring to going to the post
> office when one submit a new "post".
Alternate: 1.) occurring by turns; succeeding each other; one and then
the other 2.) every other; every second 3. being one of two or more
This is from Webster's New World College Dictionary Fourth Edition.
"Alternate" can indeed be used for "alternative," but it is not the best
choice for that purpose.
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