alternately or alternatively

quietdandelion

Banned
Formosa/Chinese
1. We could take the train or alternatively/alternately go by car.
2. Often these were students from the most troubled homes, yet she would alternately/alternatively bully and charm each one with her own special bradn of tough love until the spark caught fire.

I have troubles in deciding which to use, alternately and alternatively. Please shed some light.
 
  • OldMike

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Alternatively suggests a second choice or possibility. Alternately means one after the other.

    1. We could take the train or alternatively go by car.
    2. Often these were students from the most troubled homes, yet she would alternately bully and charm each one with her own special brand of tough love until the spark caught fire.
     

    quietdandelion

    Banned
    Formosa/Chinese
    Thanks, Old Mike.
    Btw, could I use the word(s) after the slashes to replace the original choice?

    1. We could take the train or alternatively/otherwise go by car.
    2. Often these were students from the most troubled homes, yet she would alternately/take turns in bully/bullying and charm/charming each one with her own special brand of tough love until the spark caught fire.
     

    OldMike

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    You can do so with (1), but "take turns in", which means to do something one after the other to make sure that it is fairly done, does not seem right in (2).
     
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