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British English: /ɔːlˈtəːnətɪv/
, /ɒlˈtəːnətɪv/
American English: /ɔlˈtərnədɪv/

Translation of alternative in French:


  • 1 (specified option)
    (from two) alternative (f)
    autre possibilité (f)
    (from several) possibilité (f)
    one alternative is…
    une des possibilités serait…
    the alternative is to do
    l'autre possibilité serait de faire
    the alternative is for somebody to do
    l'autre possibilité serait que quelqu'un fasse
    to choose/refuse the alternative of doing
    choisir/refuser l'autre possibilité qui serait de faire
    there are several alternatives to surgery
    il y a d'autres possibilités que la chirurgie
    what is the alternative to imprisonment/pesticides?
    quelle autre possibilité existe-t-il que l'emprisonnement/les pesticides?
  • 2 (possible option) to have an/no alternative to have no alternative but to do
    ne pas avoir d'autre choix que de faire
    to have the alternative of staying or leaving
    avoir le choix entre rester et partir
    I chose the expensive/political alternative
    j'ai choisi la solution chère/politique
    as an alternative to the course on offer/to radiotherapy, you can choose…
    outre le cours proposé/la radiothérapie, vous pouvez choisir…


  • 1 (other)
    (activity, career, date, design, flight, method, plan, route)
    (accommodation, product)
    de remplacement
    de rechange
  • 2 (unconventional)
    (comedian, culture, scene, theatre, bookshop)
    (lifestyle, therapy)
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