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"Alone" is an adverb which is often translated as "solo", and "by myself" is a phrase which is often translated as "por mi cuenta". Learn more about the difference between "alone" and "by myself" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (by oneself)
a. solo
I don't feel comfortable when I'm home alone.No me siento cómodo cuando estoy en casa solo.
b. a solas
We were alone after dinner.Estuvimos a solas después de la cena.
2. (only)
a. solo
Your parents alone can give you permission.Solo tus papás te pueden dar permiso.
b. solamente
You alone know what decision will make you happy.Solamente tú sabes qué decisión te hará feliz.
3. (by oneself)
a. solo
He likes to work alone.Le gusta trabajar solo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (by oneself)
a. a solas
We were alone after dinner.Estuvimos a solas después de la cena.
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by myself(
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (without help)
a. por mi cuenta
I tried to fix the car by myself because I didn't have the money to take it to the repair shop.Traté de arreglar el carro por mi cuenta porque no tenía el dinero para llevarlo al taller.
b. por mí mismo (masculine)
My sister could not help me with my project, so I finished it by myself.Mi hermana no podía ayudarme con mi proyecto, así que lo terminé por mí mismo.
c. por mí misma (feminine)
I want to learn to do things by myself.Quiero aprender a valer por mí misma.
d. yo solo (masculine)
Daddy, I can get the box down by myself.Papá, puedo bajar la caja yo solo.
e. yo sola (feminine)
I cleaned the house by myself.Limpié la casa yo sola.
2. (without company)
a. solo (masculine)
I enjoy living by myself because I don't like sharing a bathroom.Me gusta vivir solo porque no me gusta compartir el baño.
b. sola (feminine)
Where are you right now? I'm by myself.¿Dónde estás ahorita? Estoy sola.
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