The verb to live and the noun life can be quite confusing, especially when it comes to spelling and pronunciation.
The trickiest part is knowing the difference between the pronunciation when both the noun is in the plural and the verb is in the third person: even though they are spelled the same, the pronunciation is different.
Let’s take a look at this difference:
The verb to live in the third person is lives:
- He lives in Rome.
- She lives in France now.
And now consider the plural of the noun life.
- A cat has nine lives.
- A lot of lives were lost during the war.
Did you notice the difference between the two sounds? The difference is the vowel sound.
Now, let’s practice a little with some sentences:
1. A cat lives nine lives.
2. I would love to live my life like they live their lives.
3. If we all live our lives like he lives his life, then our lives would be better.
Live can also be used as an adjective. For example:
- I prefer listening to live music.
- The news is always done live.
This is a common expression and basically means to make the most out of life; to live your life to your full potential.
This article lists 101 ways to live life to the fullest. Here are some from that list.
1. Create Your Own Opportunities.
“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” - Milton Berle
2. Stop Complaining.
“Never tell your problems to anyone…20% don’t care and the other 80% are glad you have them.” - Lou Holtz
3. Stop putting life on hold.
“Life is short”
4. Do things you love.
(Enjoy your English learning and don’t get stressed!)
5. Go dating (if single).
(If you’re single, date somebody who speaks English ;-) )
Do you live life to the fullest?