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Is "Alas" considered an old english word?

if yes, then what can i use instead of this word

something modern, cause nothing comes into my mind


it's just that i have read Lord of the Rings and had faced the word frequently

but never heard it being used in modern type talking

Update 2:

thanks for very quick answers

2 Answers

  • anna
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Yes, it's archaic and actually comes from the French "helas" which means the same thing.

    Today we would use the word "unfortunately" or as an exclamation you could say "how sad!" or "what a pity" or "what a shame!"

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  • 8 years ago

    Unfortunately, this happened...

    Sadly, I could not help...

    re L o t R - remember it's set in a sort of medieval world, and also Tolkien was a Professor of early English and thought like that... you can still say "Alas!" in a joky way of course. And if the thing wasn't TOO bad, you could say 'disappointingly, they refused'... 'I was disheartened when..'

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