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  • Alternatively, we could pack for a picnic and eat in the park.
    alternatively = as another possibility
  • Can anyone think of a better alternative?
    alternative = something available as another possibility
  • Mother was marketing her products as a spiritual alternative to Obamacare, and she was selling product as fast as she could make it, even with dozens of employees.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • It felt like such a stupid thing to say, so obvious, but there seemed little alternative.   (source)
  • I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.   (source)
  • It's risky business — Peeta may end up losing his leg — but when I weigh this against him losing his life, what alternative do I have? I bandage the wound in the rest of my shirt and lay down with him.   (source)
  • Risa knows he didn't want it, but he had been willing to take it when the alternative was a miserable life with a miserable family.   (source)
  • A third alternative was for Roy to try apologizing to Dana again, this time oozing remorse and sincerity.   (source)
    alternative = possible thing to do
  • They could lower the gear and extend the flaps with hand pumps, but there was no manual alternative to hydraulic brakes.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • It wasn't as if I had any alternatives to propose.   (source)
    alternatives = other possibilities
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  • You need to understand that there are alternatives.   (source)
  • Actually, we had told her from the start that we were willing to give her other options if she was going to refuse to live with us, and we offered her several alternatives.   (source)
  • Despite the alternative, despite knowing that if they hadn't tried to escape, all of them might've died, it still hurt, even though he hadn't known them very well.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • During the peak of the Vietnam War, he volunteered for the Army in logistics as an alternative to being drafted and sent to the front lines like many of his friends.   (source)
  • [regarding Saunière's murder]  "Consider the alternative. Something had to be done. Shall the world be ignorant forever?"   (source)
  • "Well," he started, continuing to walk around the room, "I thought that since you and I don't have the typical relationship that I have with the other girls, maybe we should have …. alternative means of communication."   (source)
    alternative = a different (non-standard)
  • Then, she took me down to the import section and told me about "real" alternative music.   (source)
    alternative = non-standard
  • The beast turned toward Calvin and Mr. Murry. "This child is in danger. You must trust us."
    "We have no alternative," Mr. Murry said. "Can you save her?"   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • There were also a special few with energetic fathers who were expecting appointments to Annapolis or West Point or the Coast Guard Academy or even—this alternative had been unexpectedly stumbled on—the Merchant Marine Academy.   (source)
  • It wasn't until the third holding pattern southwest of Kennedy Airport that Klotz told ATC that he didn't think the plane had enough fuel to reach an alternative airport.   (source)
    alternative = something available as another possibility
  • "So even Peter might be a better alternative."
    "Once you realize that power will always end up with the sort of people who crave it, I think that there are worse people who could have it than Peter."   (source)
  • When she was close, we spoke of Tim's condition, of skin cancer in general, the specifics of possible alternative treatments.   (source)
    alternative = available as different possibilities
  • Of course the alternative was Tateh would pull his belt off and skin you alive.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • Mother's reasons for saving me were as complicated as fate itself, I suppose. Among other things, her alternatives were limited.   (source)
    alternatives = other possibilities
  • The accepted opinion was that Saddam had a mobile spinning program which could not easily be found, and in fact could be either lost and buried in the desert or alternatively driven across the border into Syria or even Jordan.   (source)
    alternatively = as another possibility
  • They did not submit to the obvious alternative, which was simply to close the eyes and fall. So easy, really. Go limp and tumble to the ground and let the muscles unwind and not speak and not budge until your buddies picked you up and lifted you into the chopper that would roar and dip its nose and carry you off to the world.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • Phrase alternatives as questions: Instead of "I think we should do A, not B," try "What if we did A, instead of B?"   (source)
    alternatives = other possibilities
  • It's not like we had a lot of alternatives.   (source)
  • When the alternative is death, blood drinking doesn't seem so bad.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • The alternative wasn't good either, of course.   (source)
    alternative = only other possibility
  • And if marriage was not achieved, there were alternative roles: teacher, librarian, or…well, something intelligent and public-spirited.   (source)
    alternative = other possible
  • But many copies contain the true account (as an alternative), derived no doubt from notes by Frodo or Samwise, both of whom learned the truth, though they seem to have been unwilling to delete anything actually written by the old hobbit himself.   (source)
    alternative = something available as another possibility
  • The men were perfectly content to fly as many missions as we asked as long as they thought they had no alternative.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • [referring to the exam paper]  Bring it here, please. It was a very dirty trick, but I went over and brought it over to him—I didn't have any alternative or anything.   (source)
  • Let's consider the alternatives.   (source)
    alternatives = possibilities
  • She had to get over me because there was no alternative.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • He said: "Got any alternative theory?"   (source)
    alternative = something available as another possibility
  • I gave myself leave, to consider the other alternative; that my appeal was successful. And then the trouble was to calm down that sudden rush of joy racing through my body and even bringing tears to my eyes.   (source)
    alternative = possible outcome (something available as another possibility)
  • Of course, we had then no alternative but to accept.   (source)
    alternative = something available as another possibility
  • There is no alternative, I assure you.   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • "Good heavens!" said Mr. Bunting, hesitating between two horrible alternatives.   (source)
    alternatives = possibilities
  • His position is then one of the most singularly irksome, and, in every contingency, disagreeable, that a wretched mortal can possibly occupy; with seldom an alternative of good on either hand, although what presents itself to him as the worst event may very probably be the best.   (source)
    alternative = possibility
  • Dantes put his plate on the ground near the door; the jailer, as he entered, stepped on it and broke it. ... [The jailer] looked about for something to pour the soup into; Dantes' entire dinner service consisted of one plate--there was no alternative. "Leave the saucepan," said Dantes; "you can take it away when you bring me my breakfast."   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • I spent that day mostly in the woods, having the alternative before me,--to go home and be whipped to death, or stay in the woods and be starved to death.   (source)
    alternative = something available as a possibility
  • This flood of tears left Mr. Sowerberry no alternative. If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and...   (source)
    alternative = other possibility
  • Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go to her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horsewoman, walking was her only alternative.   (source)
  • The alternatives were frightening.†   (source)
  • The merits and limitations of each of these alternatives were hotly debated.†   (source)
  • Alternatives were named: Wilmington, Delaware; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Annapolis or Baltimore, Maryland.†   (source)
  • Just because there are alternatives doesn't mean they apply to you.†   (source)
  • And now I can see him, see that pointed white grin and his eyes so dark and cruel, and he's swaggering through the crowd, he's got us surrounded with punks, everywhere I turn there's another mean face trying to look as tough as Tony D. In a small voice I say, "Tell me what to do," and Freak pats me on the shoulder and says, "Just give me a nanosecond to process the alternatives."†   (source)
  • He thought through every course and considered all alternatives.†   (source)
  • "And we'll also consider other alternatives if they keep you safe and address your needs."†   (source)
  • Of the two alternatives, to turn back a third time, or to die, the latter was for Mallory probably the easier The agony of the first would be more than he as a man, as a mountaineer, and as an artist, could endure.†   (source)
  • So then I'd tell you about the other alternatives to help eliminate the pain.†   (source)
  • In a DA (direct action) scenario, the navigator figures out the best way to the target, comes up with alternatives, and guides the fire team to safety when you're done.†   (source)
  • If the wind-wagon's not here, we will discuss alternatives.†   (source)
  • But it was still better than wrestling with the alternatives.†   (source)
  • Given the choice between alternatives, Hardy will always go for making his characters more miserable, and rain has a higher wretchedness quotient than almost any other element of our environment.†   (source)
  • Can I look up some alternatives online?†   (source)
  • Grey spelled out the options, the alternatives.†   (source)
  • I had two alternatives: to die of starvation or risk going out to buy a loaf from the nearest street seller.†   (source)
  • He categorized all the imaginable situations in which he and Fermina Daza might find themselves, and for all of them he wrote as many models and alternatives as he could think of.†   (source)
  • We know what the rewards are and the alternatives are clear enough.†   (source)
  • Hippies weren't really offering any alternatives other than colorful short-term ones, and some of these were looking more and more like pure degeneracy.†   (source)
  • I felt the nurse had been instructed to show me my alternatives.†   (source)
  • Or alternatively the knifing of a native foreman by a migrant or a fight among rival groups of migrants.†   (source)
  • When Fela returned, Dede offered her two alternatives.†   (source)
  • Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.†   (source)
  • That was how much time she had needed in the darkness of the building's stairwell to run through her plan one last time, consider alternatives, steel herself, and mobilise the courage she would need.†   (source)
  • The police, however, were not summoned to the scene until after 6:00 P.M. We are left with two unappetizing alternatives to explain this time lag: Either Mrs. White's neighbors on the street did not wish to become involved in a police investigation, or dislike for her had become so strong that they deliberately adopted a wait-and-see attitude.†   (source)
  • He had spent many hours during his trip from Helgrind inventing it, agonizing over it, challenging himself to devise better alternatives, all in anticipation of the day he would attempt to atone for the harm he had caused Elva.†   (source)
  • That he would trade them without even thinking of alternatives—without feeling like he needed to bother to save them.†   (source)
  • For this is the state's execution chamber; when a man is brought here to be hanged, the prisoners say he has "gone to The Corner," or, alternatively, "paid a visit to the warehouse."†   (source)
  • Weighing the alternatives, seeing that I was, for the moment, sheltered by Ellen and Hormoz, Moody agreed.†   (source)
  • Though Paton did not himself support violence, he said the accused had had only two alternatives: "to bow their heads and submit, or to resist by force."†   (source)
  • Alternatively, you should have left Useless the Elder and his younger brother at home!†   (source)
  • He ran through the four alternatives he had considered, careful to examine each in detail.†   (source)
  • Situation reports, policy alternatives, statistical surveys.†   (source)
  • Alternatively, a capsule of iodized oil can be given every two years to all women who may become pregnant--at a cost of only fifty cents per capsule.†   (source)
  • The alternatives given him by the judge were unsparing: either a jail term or a one-way ticket to Arizona.†   (source)
  • But there were alternatives: rats abounded in the streets, and somewhere very near a dog was howling hopelessly.†   (source)
  • They discussed various alternatives, from throwing them in the river to burning them on a pyre, but finally decided that the most practical solution would be to bury them in plastic bags in a safe, secret location, in case they were ever needed for a nobler cause.†   (source)
  • All he knows is that, here, no one wants to be with an honor student-a pariah— except maybe LaTisha, who has few alternatives.†   (source)
  • And there are alternatives to taking blood against a human's will.†   (source)
  • We aren't exactly brimming with alternatives here.†   (source)
  • Tests involved decisions in ten scenario contexts, with prestructured alternatives drawn up by Walter Reed Psychiatric Division, after n-order test analysis by biostatistics unit, NIH, Bethesda.†   (source)
  • There were alternatives in life if opportunities were presented.†   (source)
  • My mind whirs this way and that, weighing the alternatives, then grinds to a halt under the strain.†   (source)
  • The nature of evil may be epitomized, therefore, in two simple but horrible and holy propositions: 'Things fade' and 'Alternatives exclude.†   (source)
  • The alternatives, he says, will be the obtaining of Professional status, or, by 1971, reduction to the role of spectacle-sellers.†   (source)
  • He told them he was distressed at the great numbers of impoverished children who joined the army at twelve or thirteen, and told them about his campaign to build alternatives in the form of technical schools.†   (source)
  • Where there are no alternatives, no values are possible.†   (source)
  • Have seen the outline of a large fish caught and thrown in the curl of a wave, been where nobody wears socks, where you wash your feet before you go to bed, where I watch my sister who alternatively reminds me of my father, mother and brother.†   (source)
  • However, if he and Forsyth began discussing alternatives, it would certainly lead them down a path of dark shadows.†   (source)
  • Despite his burden, the Agent was swifter than his pursuers, but they seemed to know where he was going—scores peeled, off from the main chase to pursue less dangerous alternatives.†   (source)
  • I mean, I was really only trying to suggest alternatives to turning this place into a spa.†   (source)
  • And when they saw the tower, the pinnacle of Kessell's strength, crash down in ruins, they had reconsidered their alternatives, weighing the consequences of the choices before them.†   (source)
  • Two alternatives.†   (source)
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  • The Amish lead an alternative lifestyle that limits the use of technology.
  • "That is your earpiece. I will give you exactly one more chance to wear it. If you remove it from your ear again, I'll have you fitted with this." He holds up some sort of metal headgear that I instantly name the head shackle. "It's an alternative audio unit that locks around your skull and under your chin until it's opened with a key."   (source)
  • There were these Goth types, and a lot of kids who dressed like punk rockers, you know, alternative types with weird hair.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional
  • It wasn't these instructionals as such that generated the cash surplus, they explained: it was the equipment and the alternative medicines you needed in order to get the optimum effect.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional or non-standard
  • Unlike me, she cared about the myriad pop musical distinctions: punk, indie, alternative, hard-core, emo-core.   (source)
    alternative = non-standard
  • The R.O.F.L. Co-op—an employee-run cooperative promoting healthy alternative lifestyles and organic foods.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional
  • The ads were put on billboards and in "wild postings" on construction-site walls and in alternative magazines.   (source)
  • The Fountain School was an "alternative learning space," also known as the Hippie School.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional or non-standard
  • He hopes his flight, like that of the character in the title, toward asylum (Canada, or freedom, or the company of the welcoming dead), or home, is interpreted as a radical gesture demanding change, an alternative way, a cessation of things as they are.   (source)
    alternative = non-standard or non-traditional
  • I spent long days under an Interstate overpass with homeless men and women who had created an alternative culture, with laws and punishments.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional
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  • The alternative presses of the 1960s were created to contest the status quo.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional or non-standard
  • Through imagination and our desire for rapport, we transcend our limitations, freshen our eyes, and are able to look at ourselves and the world through a new and alternative lens.   (source)
  • So when is this loose-rock-original-songs-somewhat-jokey-but-solidly-alternative band playing?   (source)
  • They're more kind of a loose rock, original songs, somewhat jokey but solidly alternative.   (source)
  • Jamie had a short, bleached-blond haircut, and big chains and metal beads around her neck, and she was wearing the sort of grungy attire that alternative types buy from places like Goodwill.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional
  • In the beginning, the firm made a canvas shoe in wild colors and prints that became a kind of alternative fashion statement.   (source)
  • They worked to get alternative rock bands to wear their shoes on stage and, perhaps most important, they decided to hire a small advertising agency named Lambesis to rethink their marketing campaign.   (source)
  • They expanded their focus to include not just skateboarding but also surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and bicycle racing, sponsoring riders in all of those sports and making Airwalk synonymous with the active, alternative lifestyle.   (source)
  • Sophie, for her part, preferred jocks and clean-cut types and hated anyone even slightly alternative.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional or non-standard
  • In 1956, she decided to stage a festival to mark the centenary of George Bernard Shaw's birth, and then began putting out a newspaper devoted to Shaw, which mutated into an underground, alternative weekly called The Paper.   (source)
    alternative = non-traditional
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  • As Hans soon discovered, there was also an alternative definition for the acronym.†   (source)
  • We have to joke about it because the alternative is to be scared out of your wits.†   (source)
  • If left no alternative, the Count was prepared to proceed without it.†   (source)
  • I got bored and looked around for alternative entertainment.†   (source)
  • I often had this feeling when I worked on Walter's case, that if the anguish of all the stressed lives, the pain of all of the oppressed people in all of the menaced spaces of Monroe County could be gathered in some carefully constructed receptacle, it could power something extraordinary, operate as some astonishing alternative fuel capable of igniting previously impossible action.†   (source)
  • My dear Madame Maxime, if you have an alternative, I would be delighted to hear it.†   (source)
  • But what's the alternative?†   (source)
  • Unless this is one of your alternative-style statements.†   (source)
  • If the bear did not turn and run, that left only one alternative.†   (source)
  • She said, "I was thinking leaving here was the only alternative.†   (source)
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  • I stare at the screen, then dare to imagine the alternative.†   (source)
  • He'll want an alternative to every menu—not just fish on Fridays!"†   (source)
  • There was only one alternative.†   (source)
  • But the alternative would be much, much worse.†   (source)
  • Finally, when it is obvious that none of her talking is working, the woman implies that force is an alternative.†   (source)
  • But everyone was going that way, and he could think of no alternative.†   (source)
  • Their lives are so terrible that the war is a better alternative, and they're not even allowed to go.†   (source)
  • There was no alternative to compare it to.†   (source)
  • Still—given the alternative ….†   (source)
  • There seemed to be no alternative, so I steeled myself and approached the roof's edge.†   (source)
  • She didn't have to plan an alternative route to avoid gangs in the school hallway.†   (source)
  • I'm afraid your only alternative is to have the certificate read 'Baby Boy Ganguli.'†   (source)
  • As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative.†   (source)
  • Did Klotz mean that 052 no longer had enough fuel to make it to another, alternative airport?†   (source)
  • I've been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is ….†   (source)
  • One of the old hospital buildings was now a food bank; others housed the Police Criminal Investigation Division, an alternative high school, and a Rotary club.†   (source)
  • So in order for me to continue to make love to you, I would very much appreciate it if you would make alternative contraceptive arrangements so that we don't find ourselves in a pregnancy-induced marriage with an expiration date on it.†   (source)
  • I'm actually a third-generation alternative farmer," Joel said.†   (source)
  • Better than the alternative, you know?†   (source)
  • DRACO: Consider the alternative—consider if people had known that I had the ability to travel in time.†   (source)
  • Sometimes it's part of the guilt and grieving process-to consider suicide as an alternative to the pain.†   (source)
  • And still she agonized over it, looking for another alternative.†   (source)
  • Of course, the alternative for you is a particularly nasty death.†   (source)
  • He was asleep but the visit was more than a dream and less than the alternative reality of the OCS:HTN sims.†   (source)
  • I was gripped in a sudden agony of despair as I considered that alternative.†   (source)
  • These and many other approaches are not only valid but produce readings of considerable insight; in fact, I have learned a great deal not only about the poem but about my own shortcomings from alternative approaches.†   (source)
  • Mae looked up and saw that Stenton's eyes were narrow and offered no alternative.†   (source)
  • But when you think of the alternative, we were glad to have a chance.†   (source)
  • "What alternative have we?" the chief went on in a whisper.†   (source)
  • I had no alternative.†   (source)
  • Responding in 1998 to a USDA investigation of captive supplies in Kansas, IBP defended such "alternative methods for selling fed cattle."†   (source)
  • If there was a viable alternative, they would stop.†   (source)
  • "Considering the alternative," I say in answer to her query, "it's a good place."†   (source)
  • The glasses with thick black heavy frames and dark lenses were my own idea, an alternative to the bushy beard that my wife of the period didn't want me to grow.†   (source)
  • "Yes, sir," I said, laughing also, "it would have been a most curious alternative."†   (source)
  • Yet I had no alternative.†   (source)
  • It's the alternative to taking her pulse.†   (source)
  • Alternative uses for the spare room, usually, or who I was thinking about while I was lying there alone.†   (source)
  • Enter the numbers of the workers you think are the most efficient, those who should be sent to work on an alternative project.†   (source)
  • For people who are violently ill, there's no alternative.†   (source)
  • So, one: We've got to find an alternative suspect.†   (source)
  • It's a lot better than the alternative.†   (source)
  • Fermina had no alternative but to climb in after her, her face blazing with embarrassment.†   (source)
  • The whole thing was completely sick, but he supposed it was better than the alternative.†   (source)
  • They see unpleasant alternative to being soldiers of the Baron, heh?†   (source)
  • This book offers another, more serious alternative to material success.†   (source)
  • Now that the Seat-Up Policy was firmly in place (and thus, by definition, the Lid-Up Policy, too), I needed to offer Marley a viable alternative to that attractive porcelain pool of water just begging him to play submarine with his snout.†   (source)
  • It had three sections: NEW AGE, ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLES, and MYSTICISM.†   (source)
  • Saeed said perhaps the men wanted the rod, and this seemed more reassuring to them than the alternative, which was to consider what else the men might want.†   (source)
  • "I wouldn't ask this of you if I had any other alternative.†   (source)
  • "She was a sane alternative to a big, evil slug," Layla said dryly.†   (source)
  • The alternative is freezing yourself up, never showing what you're feeling, never letting on what you're thinking.†   (source)
  • We learned the times tables without understanding their grand principle, simply because we had the capacity and no alternative.†   (source)
  • Dan couldn't imagine why, but it was better than the alternative—someone sneaking around in his room, planting spooky pictures and taking them away.†   (source)
  • So it was in everyone's interest to find an appropriate alternative solution.†   (source)
  • The alternative was worse.†   (source)
  • Because the alternative was considering that Patch held the power to channel thoughts into my mind.†   (source)
  • You cannot, because you cannot provide me with an alternative that is as likely to succeed.†   (source)
  • I can't even think of an alternative—would I be any more willing to lose Christina, or Cara, or Matthew?†   (source)
  • And lately it had come to seem not just an alternative but the specific death awaiting him.†   (source)
  • Besides, it wasn't as if she had an alternative.†   (source)
  • Moody was wary of the arrangement, but saw no alternative.†   (source)
  • As an alternative candidate, we sponsored Dr. J. S. Moroka for the presidency.†   (source)
  • I used to think I preferred getting old to the alternative, but now I'm not sure.†   (source)
  • What's the alternative?†   (source)
  • I really, really hope he's right, because what's the alternative?†   (source)
  • If he and Sophos left me, they might get away, but there was a better alternative.†   (source)
  • His alternative was life in a maximum security penitentiary.†   (source)
  • " "I assure you the alternative is gloomy," Dr. Mobley said.†   (source)
  • Yet women and girls still stream to such factories because they're preferable to the alternative of hoeing fields all day back in a village.†   (source)
  • The weight issue was putting War Admiral's schedule in doubt, and Howard's offer to run under any weight provided an alternative.†   (source)
  • It's a good alternative to not living."†   (source)
  • "Not an option," Adam told the doctor, which left the alternative "Band-Aid" option: removal of all the loose cartilage and bone shards "floating" in and around his ankle joints.†   (source)
  • Your only alternative is to apply some herbal medicine.†   (source)
  • As the river has found the only possible way through this ferociously formidable knot of mountains, there is no alternative but to follow it.†   (source)
  • One alternative was polyvinyl chloride, or PVC.†   (source)
  • The alternative response, which he also heard, was, "I can't believe you gave me crabs!" which seemed to signify that no more were needed.†   (source)
  • This was so totally alternative universe.†   (source)
  • Churchill, Truman, and their aides conferred discreetly on one further, just-emerging alternative: the one whose detritus still floated in the high winds above the testing ground at Alamogordo Air Base in New Mexico, where it had fissioned into human history only days earlier, at five-thirty A.M., on July 16.†   (source)
  • The alternative is so unappealing.†   (source)
  • I wanted exclusive and upper class (none of those stupid "alternative academies" that were really just holding pens for future criminals—ugh).†   (source)
  • Alternative stuff.†   (source)
  • If you think about it a minute, you'll see that you'd leave us no alternative.†   (source)
  • True, but in this case, Lena, we would be willing to make an exception, considering our alternative.†   (source)
  • He provides a fully formed, self-supporting alternative to the streets, a place a kid can retreat to after school each day and practically all weekend.†   (source)
  • "What's the alternative?' he asked.†   (source)
  • Well, if you can suggest an alternative phone-in subject …†   (source)
  • The alternative was death anyway, so why worry?†   (source)
  • Sometimes, on tour, back in the early hardscrabble days, we'd even camp as an alternative to crashing in another crowded, roach-infested rock 'n' roll house.†   (source)
  • She might play tough with him, but she could hardly blame him for his alternative exploits.†   (source)
  • When a witness is telling the truth, and the truth hurts, a trial lawyer has no alternative but to attack the witness's credibility.†   (source)
  • The alternative is death and I don't want it.†   (source)
  • Which was impossible, for though I still believed myself innocent, I saw that the only alternative to permanently facing the world of Trueblood and the Golden Day was to accept the responsibility for what had happened.†   (source)
  • I think they tell me: 'It is because you will prefer it to the alternative.'†   (source)
  • Seeing no reasonable alternative, Howe would wait for spring when he could depart at a time and under conditions of his own choosing.†   (source)
  • Oddly enough, you may have a point, but you never considered an alternative.†   (source)
  • The only alternative I could think of was if Father by some chance wrote me again.†   (source)
  • He sadly admitted that I was right, but since the alternative to our doing the cleaning was having it become a missionary endeavor, I had to agree that we were certainly the lesser of two evils.†   (source)
  • So much, also, for the alternative visions of blind old poets and dragons.†   (source)
  • The alternative is the sword over your heads,' he said.†   (source)
  • He'd already borrowed a longsword from the Red Branch's treasury as a less dangerous alternative to the gae bolga.†   (source)
  • A perfect motorcade route is devoid of the high windows from which a sniper can poke a gun, offers alternative routes in case something goes wrong, features wide streets that keep crowds far back from the vehicle, and has few, if any, tight turns.†   (source)
  • It is only a living organism that faces a constant alternative: the issue of life or death.†   (source)
  • That is not true of snowboarding, which people of all ages have adopted as an alternative to skiing, and which is now accepted as an Olympic sport.†   (source)
  • But the alternative was worse.†   (source)
  • I wasn't too excited about the alternative.†   (source)
  • Of course, the only alternative to waiting for Josh would be for me to call home for a ride, which would mean my dad would have to come, since Mom and Aunt Steph went to a baby shower tonight.†   (source)
  • What is the alternative?†   (source)
  • They go over the file together, Ray explaining the alternative tax consequences he has assembled, while Cal scans the stack of letters from G. Sandlin Corp., dating back over the past months.†   (source)
  • "I'm just…I mean—if the vineyard really isn't doing all that well," I stammer, trying to change the subject, "I was thinking that a better alternative might be to rent Mirac out to people—rich people, obviously—who want a nice château to vacation in for a month, or maybe for a family or college reunion or something…"†   (source)
  • The alternative to adoption of the new Constitution is dismemberment of the Union.†   (source)
  • "Yield!" he shouted at Heafstaag, seeking some more acceptable alternative.†   (source)
  • The rest was clear as an engraving, so natural there seemed no alternative.†   (source)
  • It throbbed continuously, but considering the alternative, I wasn't complaining.†   (source)
  • I'm all ears when it comes to an alternative, but I've never found another way in which I'm going to make it out of here alive.†   (source)
  • But she would do it, because the alternative was Roarke.†   (source)
  • We had no alternative except to prepare for direct action, whereby we would present our very bodies as a means of laying our case before the conscience of the local and the national community.†   (source)
  • They were a minute ahead of schedule, better than the alternative but not ideal.†   (source)
  • I told them it was better than the alternative; if I put them down, they would both go in different directions and it was all over.†   (source)
  • Despite the discouraging reaction I had had to my first radiogram to Ottawa, I had no alternative but to seek new orders once again.†   (source)
  • Once both sides had maximum capability in hydrogen weapons and efficient means of delivering them there was no sane alternative to peace.†   (source)
  • But I had no alternative.†   (source)
  • The thought of approaching the Supervisor directly filled him with dismay, but there seemed no alternative.†   (source)
  • The only alternative was some unthinkable order of music, many rhythms, all keys at once, a choreography in which each couple meshed easy, predestined.†   (source)
  • The mechanism for Special Action at Birkenau having become severely taxed beyond all expectation, it is respectfully suggested that, in the specific matter of the Greek Jews, alternative destinations in the occupied territories of the East, such as KL Treblinka or KL Sobibor, be considered.†   (source)
  • A good alternative is the roadside restaurant where men gather for breakfast before going to work or going hunting.†   (source)
  • I did not like operating that way, but there was no alternative.†   (source)
  • Her alternative, remaining in Morrisonville dependent on the kindness of Ida Rebecca and her sons, she never considered.†   (source)
  • Yamacraw seemed like a viable alternative.†   (source)
  • If two men are starving and cannibalism is the only alternative to death, which man's right is 'unalienable'?†   (source)
  • Point three: To give us energy security, I am asking for the most massive peacetime commitment of funds and resources in our Nation's history to develop America's own alternative sources of fuel – from coal, from oil shale, from plant products for gasohol, from unconventional gas, from the Sun.†   (source)
  • You know the alternative.†   (source)
  • Just as an alternative to all the double brandies.†   (source)
  • "What is the alternative?" he shouted.†   (source)
  • If the alternative should be the extinction of my political life, I should have to embrace it.†   (source)
  • (No answer; a little more sharply) There's no third alternative?†   (source)
  • So, an alternative has been placed on the table.†   (source)
  • I chose to take myself out of her world, hoping to force her into the first alternative.†   (source)
  • No bathrooms, no storage, and no alternative exits.†   (source)
  • Was it because, having been in the arena, he knew it was better than risking the alternative?†   (source)
  • "But I'd present my case to the Emperor," Paul said, "and give him an alternative to chaos."†   (source)
  • With no clear alternative, the Count knocked.†   (source)
  • It's kind of gross, but better than the alternative.†   (source)
  • He must have been eating field mice. I refuse to consider the alternative.†   (source)
  • I imagine she would welcome it …. considering the alternative.†   (source)
  • Given that, I don't think you should give up on the first alternative, not yet.†   (source)
  • If the marksman was still there, the latter alternative was assuredly not a good idea.†   (source)
  • He had been thinking about it for a fortnight and could come up with no alternative.†   (source)
  • Students mostly went their separate ways simply because there was no alternative.†   (source)
  • Make sure she understands we won't survive the alternative.†   (source)
  • Maybe because the alternative is so bleak, I've grown to like the sewing room.†   (source)
  • Unsurprisingly she set her sights on the best available alternative: the new Apple PowerBook G4/1.†   (source)
  • There are too many alternative endings to that plan.†   (source)
  • That's the deal," I say firmly, seeing no alternative but to stand my ground.†   (source)
  • He won't like what I'm about to do, but I don't see an alternative.†   (source)
  • It was just too embarrassing to consider the alternative.†   (source)
  • And other times, Dr. Freud, what is your alternative thought process on Dr. Sachs?†   (source)
  • I could lie, make up some alternative story, or say I didn't remember.†   (source)
  • Murder was no easy solution; it should be resorted to only when there was no alternative.†   (source)
  • "I offer you an alternative," said Kekrops.†   (source)
  • So court is the alternative if I don't agree to your demands?†   (source)
  • The other alternative, Bailey, is that you are not perfect.†   (source)
  • Not if the only other alternative was death.†   (source)
  • The alternative was an apartment in town.†   (source)
  • Not really, now when you considered the alternative, which was broken bones and all.†   (source)
  • "What alternative do I have?" she said lightly.†   (source)
  • Edward has offered an alternative for you to consider," I said coolly.†   (source)
  • I want two people to start looking at alternative killers.†   (source)
  • "It's better than the alternative, Clary" "No …."†   (source)
  • There's really no alternative, you know.†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, he could think of no alternative.†   (source)
  • But we've run the simulations a thousand times and I just can't see any alternative.†   (source)
  • In the end they would agree because they all knew they had no viable alternative.†   (source)
  • And so in eighth grade I went all alternative.†   (source)
  • Eragon disliked the idea, but he could not think of a reasonable alternative.†   (source)
  • We don't have an alternative if the caves don't pan out.†   (source)
  • Yet she had no alternative for washing the dishes and clothes.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, look at the alternative.†   (source)
  • 'Value' presupposes a standard, a purpose and the necessity of action in the face of an alternative.†   (source)
  • Certainly the alternative was to be killed.†   (source)
  • Zalachenko would grieve for his son, but the alternative was worse.†   (source)
  • Not until or unless he was absolutely sure that there was no other alternative.†   (source)
  • "Well, the alternative isn't too appealing," said Puller.†   (source)
  • She didn't like doing that, but in her judgement there was no alternative.'†   (source)
  • If he was alive—and he had to be, there was no alternative for me—the League would bring him in.†   (source)
  • It was a dangerous move, the frost giant knew, but the alternative was certain disaster.†   (source)
  • "Sir, the most obvious alternative doesn't bear much thinking about.†   (source)
  • At the meeting I argued that the state had given us no alternative to violence.†   (source)
  • He said, "There didn't seem to be any alternative.†   (source)
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