Example sentences for: alas

How can you use “alas” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • It can be, alas, a business of an entirely good sort or needful sort, justifying itself in the marketplace.

  • Alas, we seem to be stuck with the odd-colored nail polish--purple, blue, and green being Prudie's unfavorites.

  • They built a grand house with a budget that mushroomed beyond their means, and when it was finally finished, alas, there was no money to furnish it.

  • Is there an automatic place for the top consciousness-raising tracts of the fifties (David Riesman's The Lonely Crowd ), sixties (Norman O. Brown's Love's Body ), seventies (Christopher Lasch's The Culture of Narcissism ), and eighties (Alan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind )? A tempting (and sensible) option is to split the difference between influence and style by picking the top books about the major events of the century: Communism (snubbing Whittaker Chambers's Witness would be a scandal), race and colonialism (Gunnar Myrdal's An American Dilemma , Octavio Paz's The Labyrinth of Solitude ); modern art (Woolf's A Room of One's Own , alas; Edmund Wilson's Axel's Castle , if To the Finland Station misses under Communism); and the Holocaust (with Anne Frank's diary likely to top the whole list).

  • Alas, I have few scholarly works to which to refer, but I looked confidently into my battered copy of Edward Robinson's A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (25th Edition, 1888).

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