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Silver

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Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
In my big paper dictionary(which is a like an encyclopedia dictionary, all-inclusive.), I look up the word "solitary" then I got one of its sense "lonely", but I am not sure whether it could be used as lonely, particularly after I checked out on some online dictionaries, but I am sure it has a sense of "live alone".


If I want to say:


I feel solitary all along.
I have a sense of solitude all along.


I guess it might make sense, but I want to express "I feel lonely all the way", does it work?
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    "Solitary" is fine, though it sounds more neutral and less emotional than "alone", "lonely", or even "isolated". Feeling "solitary" could be pleasant, while feeling "lonely" is always a melancholy thing. When you say "all along", what are you referring to? All along some winding road? All your life?
     
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    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    "Solitary" is fine, though it sounds more neutral and less emotional than "alone", "lonely", or even "isolated". Feeling "solitary" could be pleasant, while feeling "lonely" is always a melancholy thing. When you say "all along", what are you referring to? All along some winding road? All your life?

    Hello Owl, in my humble opinion, I suppose "all along" means "all the time", but your answer illuminated me. Thanks again.
     
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