Life vs Live: Difference between Live and Life


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Hello English explorers! This post is going to talk about the difference between live and life.

The biggest difference is going to be the part of speech category it falls into. Meaning, is it a verb, adjective or noun.

Let’s start with live. Generally live is a verb and it is an action.
This means to be alive or have vital organ functions.

  • My grandmother lived to be 92 years old.
  • He lives a healthy lifestyle.
  • The verb to live also means to stay in the same home or reside somewhere.
  • She lives in Los Angeles.
  • I live in Brazil.

The word live is also an adjective. The pronunciation changes when this happens and the vowel (i) becomes a long vowel sound similarly to the word like.

When using this word as an adjective, the definition means being alive.

  • He brought live animals to show the class.

The word live could also mean not recorded for media productions.

  • We are coming to you live from Iraq where the insurgents made the attack.


The word life is a noun.
Life is what makes itself different from non-living things.

  • Animals are considered to be a part of life, whereas rocks are not.

This concludes this post about life vs live. As long as you pay attention to your parts of speech, you will be able to tell the difference between the two.

Did I miss anything? Tell us in the comments below!

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2 years ago

The famous song by Opus is ‘Live is life’.
Maybe ‘Life is live’ would make more sense?

Anastasia Koltai
Reply to  Kevin
2 years ago

😄I love that idea!