Here’s a real confusing one for many English learners. I’m going to do my best to help you figure out the differences here.

Live (v)

As a verb, this means you’re not dead, or you continue to breathe. Pronounced with a voiced /v/ sound (liv).

    • Example:
      I used to live in Tokyo, but now I live in Vancouver.
    • Example:
      I want to live until I’m 100.


Noun – this is the time you exist in this world. From beginning to end, this is your life.
Pronounced with a voiceless /f/ sound (lie-f)

  • Example:
    Not having any family must be a sad life. I would be so lonely.
  • Example:
    I have lived (v) in Canada all my life (n). I would really like to move somewhere else though.


Adjective – This means you’re not dead, you’re still breathing. Pronounced with a voiced /v/ sound (uh-lie-v)

  • Example:
    When my grandma was still alive, we spent a lot of time together.
  • Example:
    I will love you as long as I’m alive.


Adjective – to see something in person, or with your own eyes. Not on TV, Youtube, or some other way. Be careful, because this is spelled the same way as the first “live”, but the context of the sentence tells us how to pronounce it.
Pronounced with a voiced /v/ sound (lie-v)

  • Example:
    My first live concert was in 2005.
  • Example:
    I like watching hockey on TV, but watching it live is even better.

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