For the purpose of a cover letter, would it be legitimate to use the phrase "alone work" to describe your past professional activities that were conducted individually? Is it grammatically correct? And also, is it a phrase that would be used by English speakers?

As far as I have googled, I have not found many phrases online that use this phrase, but there are a few. And let's assume that I cannot use "working alone" instead, because I have a lot of phrases starting like this (doing this, doing that etc). I am interested in the correctness of mentioned phrase.

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    I'd use solo work for that activity. Dec 31, 2023 at 15:08
  • No, it isn't - alone as adjective isn't used before a noun (though lone can be). Dec 31, 2023 at 15:15
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    Ever hear the trick interview question about preferring solo work or teamwork? All work has some of each, but management wants to hear you can work on teams. Emphasizing solo work can be a mistake as much as beginning two sentences in a row with "I." Dec 31, 2023 at 15:55
  • @KateBunting Alone time (= time alone) may be one exception.
    – DjinTonic
    Dec 31, 2023 at 15:59
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    Yes, an internship counts.
    – TimR
    Dec 31, 2023 at 16:30

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When "alone" is used as an adjective, it is used as a predicative adjective, meaning that it is an adjective that usually comes after a linking verb and not before a noun.

Quoting an article called "Alone, lonely, or lonesome?" on the Cambridge Dictionary website:

Alone is an adjective and an adverb meaning that no other person is with you. When we use alone as an adjective, it never comes before the noun (predicative adjective):

She was alone when she heard the sad news. (adjective)

It’s impossible to discuss as a committee. The chairman alone will decide. (adverb)

Did they travel alone or did they take the children with them? (adverb)

Do you live alone? (adverb)

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