Check your options: Choosing ‘alternate’ or an ‘alternative’
How many alternatives do you have when you have one option? Two options? Three? Does “alternate” mean “alternative”? Let’s clear up some confusion about three similar terms.
Frequently the words “option” and “alternative” are used interchangeably, but there is a difference. Let’s say Horatio has a primary plan of action. He says, “I’m going to finish this report before we leave on our family trip this holiday weekend. That way I can enjoy the holiday, help with the driving, and relax when we get home Sunday afternoon.” Great plan, but is that the only possibility? No, Horatio has some alternatives to Plan A. Let’s read more...
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