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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of alternate.


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  • The first 32 issues featured Lee Falk's The Phantom stories, but thereafter, the title alternated between various King Features characters, including Mandrake, Flash Gordon, and Buz Sawyer.

    The Phantom's Ward, Rex in "The Captive King" (Indrajal Comics;1975)

  • The other evening the clergyman dined with us, and throughout the meal discussions of the rubric alternated with talk about delicacies of the table!

    The Unclassed

  • A glance back showed Barriss hanging on for dear life, while Anakin's expression alternated between grim determination and youthful alarm.

    The Cat is a Metaphor

  • At the guard post behind the chaparral bush, Call alternated between being irritated and being worried.

    Dead Man’s Walk

  • With Deets dead, Augustus and Call alternated the scouting duties.

    Lonesome Dove

  • When I played football in the morning with the kids, my draft nickname alternated between "Duke" and "white boy."

    The Chronicle

  • LOPEZ: Well, at the time the situation was good for me as far as the hours and working overnight, because I had children to tend to, and I kind of alternated working at night.

    CNN Transcript Jun 26, 2002

  • The person below me wants to tell us what book they last read. re-read both Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & Watchmen kind of alternated between the two (interesting) the person below me won an award in High School - Because visibility matters

  • Mary Catherine alternated between studying her Scrabble letters and examining her rosary beads, all while chewing her nails.

    Amaryllis in Blueberry

  • The set looked cheap: Bruno Schwengl's flat backdrop, which suggested line drawings by Giorgio de Chirico or M.C. Escher, alternated with a tacky curtain emblazoned with Mozart's signature; the designer's miscellaneous costumes included a bizarre straitjacket-like tunic worn by Donna Anna.

    Glum Season for St. Louis


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