Life, Live or Lives?

A common mistake in English is when people use similar words in a different context. Some words are pronounced in almost the same way and people get confused sometimes when to use which word.

One of the most common mistakes in English is the use of life, live and lives in the wrong context. These words sound similar but have different meanings. You have a clear overview of the differences below:

WordMeaningExample
lifethe noun ‘life’I just love my life.
livealive
not recorded
the verb ‘to live’
I am afraid of live animals.
The news on TV is always live.
Do you still live with your parents?
livesthird-person singular of the verb ‘to live’
the plural form of the noun ‘life’
My brother lives in Russia.
A cat has nine lives.

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