Example sentences for: alternately

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

  • Schickel is alternately sycophantic (toward Eastwood) and pugilistic (toward any critic who has ever had unkind words for the actor--particularly Pauline Kael, who did seem to have a mission to make the tall man's Magnum shrivel).

  • "[L]ike Beckett written for soap opera," says Lyons; its "sometimes poetic, sometimes pseudo-poetic, and intermittently flat prose" seems a pale imitation of, alternately, Eugene O'Neill, James Joyce, Hugh Leonard, Brian Friel, and Shakespeare, says Simon.

  • Pressures for some kind of change have been alternately encouraged and resisted as the state’s volatile political establishment has swung back and forth between conservatives and progressives.

  • The book's conceit--an artist awakens in a world of monkeys that mirrors modern "Swinging London"--is alternately judged a "slender idea for satire" (Kakutani) and a hilarious metaphor for "the modern urban savanna" (Gary Krist, the New York Times Book Review ). (Click here for Sarah Kerr's review in Slate and here for an excerpt from the book.)

  • The Apostle's preachings (one can hardly call them "sermons") are marvelous production numbers, alternately plangent and syncopated; they make everyone--even those of us in the movie audience predisposed to find a Christian evangelist threatening--feel welcome.


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