To live is to take up residence in a place. It’s a very common verb that’s used when asking or talking about a person’s life and location.

simplepastpast participle
  • Where do you live?
  • How long have you lived there?
  • Do you like living where you are? (The word "living" is a gerund in this question.)
  • Who lives with you?
  • How many other people live with you?
  • Javier lives in Chicago.
  • He lives alone in an apartment.
  • He has lived there for over 15 years.
  • He likes living there.
  • Jessica lived in Texas for a few years.
  • She lived with her family in a house.
  • She didn’t live there for very long.
  • She didn’t like living there.

house Who lives here?

The verb "live" is also used to indicate that a person is not dead.

  • How much longer do you think he will live?
  • He has just another few months to live.
  • My aunt is living with brain cancer.
  • The doctor said that the patient would live.
  • Are your grandparents still living?

A slightly different word with the same spelling is "live." Use "live" when something is happening now or in person.

  • The game was televised live.
  • The performers appeared before a live audience.
  • That club features live entertainment nightly.

The word "life" is a noun. The plural form is "lives."

  • She has lived a very long life.
  • Peter has led an interesting life.
  • Several lives were lost in the fire.
  • Thousands of lives can be saved with this vaccine.

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October 11, 2015