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alternate between

To switch between two different people or things. We are going to alternate between the lead and the understudy at today's rehearsal. The air conditioner alternates between settings, so I don't think it will get too cold in here.
See also: alternate, between

alternate with

1. To share a role or task with another person. Because we're co-hosting the talent show together, we're planning to alternate with jokes and introductions.
2. To appear repetitively with something else. That pattern is visually overwhelming; it's just a constant line of circles alternating with squares.
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alternate between (someone and someone else)

 and alternate between something and something else
to choose or change between two persons or things alternately. The job will alternate between Gil and Ed. The maid will alternate between the first floor and the second floor.
See also: alternate, between

alternate with something

1. [for someone] to serve as a substitute for someone. I alternated with Fred as the lead in the school play. They asked Harry to alternate with Ron on the team.
2. [for something] to appear repetitively and regularly in a sequence with something else. (For instance, A alternates with B in the sequence ABABAB.) In this design the straight lines alternate with the circles. The red dots alternate with the blue ones.
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As long as the plan includes a destination and/or an alternate airport served by a non-GPS approach your airplane is equipped to use, you can file the alternate.
Conversely, there is a growing awareness by service providers and consumers that the expectation by some higher education institutions for students to "self-publish" alternate formats may not be the most productive use of the student's time (NEADS, 2004).
Several resources have emerged since the passage of IDEA 1997 that describe how to plan and implement alternate assessments (Browder, 2001; Browder, Fallin, Davis, & Karvonen, in press; Browder & Spooner, 2003; Denham & Lahm, 2001; Ford, Davern, & Schnorr, 2001; Kleinert, Green, Hurte, Clayton, & Oetinger, 2002; Kleinert, Haigh, Kearns, & Kennedy, 2000; Kleinert & Kearns, 2001; Kleinert, Kennedy, & Kearns, 1999; Thompson, Quenemoen, et al.
Once a return that does not make the election is filed, the alternate valuation election may only be made on a subsequent return that is filed by the due date (including extensions) of the original return.
When deciding what marketing scheme to implement with alternate media, you must choose the best way to convey your message depending on the demographic you're trying to reach and the price you're willing to pay.
Students may be asked to identify different problems given the data, identify additional data to be collected, analyze the case using specific concepts and theories presented in class, give alternate views of the scenario, and decide on approaches to use in the situation.
Public submissions supported permanent lower speed limits through most townships along the alternate route where speeds of 60km/h or 50km/h were proposed.
Which would cover it if all airports uses the same alternate minimums.
Dissenting minorities who strongly disagree with church decisions on the blessing of same-gender relationships should be provided with an alternate bishop, at least temporarily, says a task force appointed by the Canadian house of bishops.
There is one open councilor position and one open alternate councilor position.
In all, there are 109 candidates on the ballot of the union's Hollywood division for 31 open seats and 21 alternate slots.
Alternate ways of funding group medical plans may make sense for employers, if their cash flows are dependable.
Alternate path software resides in the server(s) and enhances system performance and data accessibility.