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This is the only alternative.

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Sentence #274616

eng
This is the only alternative.

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ara
هذا هو الخيار الوحيد.
deu
Das ist die einzige Alternative.
fin
Tämä on ainoa vaihtoehto.
fra
C'est la seule possibilité.
heb
זוהי החלופה היחידה.
heb
זוהי האלטרנטיבה היחידה.
ita
Questa è l'unica alternativa.
jpn
選択肢は他にない。
jpn
他に取るべき道は無い。
rus
Это единственная альтернатива.
spa
Ésta es la única alternativa.
tur
Bu tek alternatiftir.
ukr
Це єдина альтернатива.
deu
Das ist die einzige Möglichkeit.
eng
There is no other choice.
epo
Tio estas la ununura alternativo.
fin
Minulla ei ole muuta vaihtoehtoa.
fin
Ei ole muuta vaihtoehtoa.
ile
To es li unic alternative.
pol
To jest jedyna możliwość.
tlh
DuH 'oH Dochvam neH.

Comments

al_ex_an_der 2011-12-12 13:10 link permalink

The only alternative to what? If there is only one it's no a alternative.

CK 2011-12-12 14:15 link permalink

It is an idiom meaning it's the only logical choice, or there is no question that this is the best choice.

al_ex_an_der 2011-12-12 14:27 link permalink

Then you use it an ellipsis of "There is no alternative to this.", and I would prefer to see the complete form here, because tatoeba pretends to give examples. Otherwise foreign language learner can gain the impression this is the complete expression.

sacredceltic 2011-12-12 14:47 link permalink

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/alternative

Usage Note: Some traditionalists hold that alternative should be used only in situations where the number of choices involved is exactly two, because of the word's historical relation to Latin alter, "the other of two." Despite the word's longstanding use to mean "one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen" and the acceptance of this usage by many language critics, a substantial portion of the Usage Panel adheres to the traditional view, with only 49 percent accepting the sentence Of the three alternatives, the first is the least distasteful. · Alternative is also sometimes used to refer to a variant or substitute in cases where there is no element of choice involved, as in We will do our best to secure alternative employment for employees displaced by the closing of the factory. This sentence is unacceptable to 60 percent of the Usage Panel. · Alternative should not be confused with alternate. Correct usage requires The class will meet on alternate (not alternative) Tuesdays.

My personal comments:

It's no use trying to infer any logic from English. It has absolutely none and here is the reason:
http://tatoeba.org/fre/sentences/show/1258105