‘Alternate’ or ‘alternative’?
They meet on alternate Sundays.
or ‘(of two things) each following and succeeded by the other in a regular pattern’, as in:
Alternate layers of potato and sauce.
Alternative means ‘available as another possibility or choice’, as in:
Some European countries follow an alternative approach.
In American usage, however, alternate can also be used to mean ‘available as another choice’, for example:
An alternate plan called for construction to begin immediately rather than waiting for spring.
This American use of alternate is still regarded as incorrect by many people in Britain.
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