LIVE / ALIVE / LIVE + noun / LIFE / LIVING.
To LIVE ( pronounced: lɪv ) is a regular verb: Present – I live, he lives, they live. Past – lived. Future – Will live.
- You live in in a big house..
- We lived in India before we came here.
- He lives in the south of France.
- She is living near the beach.
- They are going to live in Italy.
ALIVE (pronounced: ælɑiv ) is an adjective and is the opposite of dead, i.e. If we are ALIVE we cannot be dead. It can also be used before a noun, in which case we remove the A and it becomes LIVE. i.e. He is a LIVE wire. (Meaning he is very active / full of energy.)
- To keep plants alive, you must give them water regularly.
- Three people are still alive, even after the earthquake.
- He was so excited that his face became alive with pleasure.
- You have to be very careful with live ammunition.
- I like night clubs that have live music. (i.e. With a band, not a D.J.)
LIFE ( pronounced: lɑif ) is the noun form of live. i.e. You have a LIFE which is different from anyone else’s.
- I have a really good life, and I am happy.
- There can be no life without sunshine and rain.
- Is there any life on the moon?
- There is an old saying: It’s a hard life, but you mustn’t weaken.
- My father is 93 but he lives life to the full.
LIVING ( pronounced: lɪvɪŋ ). A gerund is a verb which acts as a noun. We use this word to talk about our job / career / profession.
- What do you do for a living? (i.e. What is your job?)
- She makes a living selling shoes.
- How can you earn a living when there are no jobs about?
Note: LIVING can also be used as an adjective.
- LIVING allowance. (i.e. Money to pay for your day to day expenses.)
- LIVING creatures (i.e. Animals which are alive.)
- LIVE: ( lɪv ) Verb – Where do you live?
- ALIVE: (ælɑiv ) Adj. – Are they still alive?
- LIVE: ( lɑiv ) Adj. – I am going to a live concert.
- LIFE: ( lɑif ) Noun – We have a great life.
- LIVING: ( lɪvɪŋ ) Gerund – What does he do for a lving?