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English definition of “alternative”

alternative

adjective     /ɒlˈtɜː.nə.tɪv/ US  /ɑːlˈtɝː.nə.t̬ɪv/
B2 (US also alternate) An alternative plan or method is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one: The opposition parties have so far failed to set out an alternative strategy . An alternative venue for the concert is being sought .Different and difference B2 describes things that are considered to be unusual and often have a small but enthusiastic group of people who support them: alternative comedy Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality Grammar:Alternate(ly), alternative(ly)Grammar:Alternate(ly)The adjective alternate and the adverb alternately mean ‘first one thing, then another thing and then the first thing again’. When we refer to time, we can also use the phrase every other day, every other week, etc.Grammar:Alternative(ly)Alternative(ly) means ‘something that is different and unusual and offers a possible choice’:
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