alternative · noun C /ɔːlˈtɜr.nət̬.ɪv/Full view
B2 one of two or more things that you can choose between
Dictionary examples:

It's a low-fat alternative to butter.

I'm afraid I have no alternative but to ask you to leave.

Learner example:

Another alternative is to go up the mountain by chairlifts or funicular-railway. (First Certificate in English; B2; Hungarian)

alternative · adjective /ɔːlˈtɜr.nət̬.ɪv/
alternative (DIFFERENT PLAN)
B2 always before noun An alternative plan, method, etc. is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one.
Dictionary example:

We can make alternative arrangements if necessary.

Learner example:

[The new direct bus service] is an alternative way [of getting to Lampton]. (First Certificate in English; B2; Russian)

alternative (NOT USUAL)
B2 different from what is usual or traditional
Dictionary examples:

alternative fuels

an alternative lifestyle

Learner example:

I wonder if you've ever heard of "alternative music"? (First Certificate in English; B2; Italian)

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