LIFE and LIVE are different

Greetings Readers,

There are two words in English which are often used incorrectly by Journalists
of TV and Radio Shows in relation to Music.
The two words are :


Many gig, concert, music festival posters (in Germany certainly) always
announce their forthcoming event with the words … LIFE MUSIC.
This is not correct. It?s … LIVE MUSIC.

There are two examples each for LIFE & LIVE which are generally used
in the English Language :

… first, let?s look at LIFE.

The word LIFE means exactly that - LIFE per se. LIFE on earth.
My LIFE, your LIFE, LIFE as it is, not on your LIFE, LIFE saving etc.
That athlete has got no more LIFE in him. That stunt man is not
showing any signs of LIFE. He?s not alive, he?s dead.
*LIFE is a Noun. (Naming Word)

The word LIFE can also be used as an Adjective to describe a Noun.
LIFE-Guard, LIFE Saver, LIFE Savings, LIFE Insurance or Assurance,
LIFE Boat, LIFE-Style, LIFE Experience etc.
*LIFE can be used as an Adjective (Describing word) too.

… secondly, let?s look at LIVE.

The word LIVE means, it?s ALIVE, it?s moving, it?s happening now,
like an electric wire or cable… it?s LIVE,
and because it?s LIVE - it?s potentially dangerous.
Because the Music is LIVE, you can here it right now.
*LIVE is used as an Adjective in this form. (Describing Word)

There is another form of the word LIVE.
Example : To LIVE, to LIVE a long time, to LIVE in Russia or Europe.
I want to LIVE in the sunshine. We haven?t got any money - how are we going to LIVE. LIVE dangerously.
*LIVE can also be used as a Verb. (an Action/Doing Word)

Do you get the idea?

LIFE is an Abstract Noun, because it?s not something physical that you can touch (although that could be arguable).

There are four main types of Noun
(Names - Nyms - Naming words).

They are :

  1. Proper Noun
  2. Abstract Noun
  3. Collective Noun
  4. Common Noun.

You can read about this in the article of the same name.

Best Wishes, Bruce.

Good Morning Bruce,

Many thanks for your latest entry in which you explain the difference between life and live. That’s very useful because these two words so often confused, especially by Germans. Also, the pronunciation varies:

I [color=red]live in Europe.
We saw them [color=blue]live on stage.
They have a good [color=blue]life.
She [color=red]lives in Amsterdam.
Our [color=blue]lives are full of surprise.

Please, do go on posting more of these explanations.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: On the river[YSaerTTEW443543]

Thanks for the compliment.
You?re example sentences to indicate the difference
pronounciations and uses is also very good.
That was a complementary compliment, which could begin a new topic -

Similar Words : Different meanings.

Like - principal & principle - etc.

I?ve just had a thought.
I will think it through, thoroughly though, in case it falls in
a trough somewhere in my mind. That would be tough and
a bit rough. I would then need to cough to find the stuff.
It ought to be caught, that what I sought otherwise I get
nought and it will need to be bought. With no dough, will have
to be fought or we will die in a drought with nowt, no doubt.

That was junking with words …
but I think I can use some of them
for a new topic. Any ideas Torsten?

Wow Bruce, I’m impressed. Your idea is excellent. I’m sure Alan will like it too and maybe we can create materials together.

What about this group:


Let’s see what Mr Townend says when he gets back online.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: Working at a desk[YSaerTTEW443543]

is “life experiences” correct as a title of an article dealing with your experiences in life, what life has taught you, correct? or should it be "life’s experiences? thanks for your response.













…and there are many more examples.

[color=red]You?re example sentences to indicate the [color=red]difference pronounciation[color=blue]s and uses is also very good.

You might want to look at that sentence again, Bruce.

Are you familiar with this, Bruce?

The Chaos
by G. Nolst Trenite’ a.k.a. “Charivarius” 1870 - 1946

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse
I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye your dress you’ll tear,
So shall I! Oh, hear my prayer,
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, beard and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written).
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say said, pay-paid, laid, but plaid.
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say break, steak, but bleak and streak.
Previous, precious, fuchsia, via,
Pipe, snipe, recipe and choir,
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.
Hear me say, devoid of trickery:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles.
Exiles, similes, reviles.
Wholly, holly, signal, signing.
Thames, examining, combining
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war, and far.
From “desire”: desirable–admirable from “admire.”
Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier.
Chatham, brougham, renown, but known.
Knowledge, done, but gone and tone,
One, anemone. Balmoral.
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel,
Gertrude, German, wind, and mind.
Scene, Melpomene, mankind,
Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,
Reading, reading, heathen, heather.
This phonetic labyrinth
Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.
Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet;
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.
Banquet is not nearly parquet,
Which is said to rime with “darky.”
Viscous, Viscount, load, and broad.
Toward, to forward, to reward.
And your pronunciation’s O.K.,
When you say correctly: croquet.
Rounded, wounded, grieve, and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive, and live,
Liberty, library, heave, and heaven,
Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven,
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
Mark the difference, moreover,
Between mover, plover, Dover,
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police, and lice.
Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label,
Petal, penal, and canal,
Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal.
Suit, suite, ruin, circuit, conduit,
Rime with “shirk it” and “beyond it.”
But it is not hard to tell,
Why it’s pall, mall, but Pall Mall.
Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,
Timber, climber, bullion, lion,
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, and chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor,
Ivy, privy, famous, clamour
And enamour rime with hammer.
Pussy, hussy, and possess,
Desert, but dessert, address.
Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants.
Hoist, in lieu of flags, left pennants.
River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
Doll and roll and some and home.
Stranger does not rime with anger.
Neither does devour with clangour.
Soul, but foul and gaunt but aunt.
Font, front, won’t, want, grand, and grant.
Shoes, goes, does. Now first say: finger.
And then: singer, ginger, linger,
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, age.
Query does not rime with very,
Nor does fury sound like bury.
Dost, lost, post; and doth, cloth, loth;
Job, Job; blossom, bosom, oath.
Though the difference seems little,
We say actual, but victual.
Seat, sweat; chaste, caste.; Leigh, eight, height;
Put, nut; granite, and unite.
Reefer does not rime with deafer,
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,
Hint, pint, Senate, but sedate.
Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific,
Tour, but our and succour, four,
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
Sea, idea, guinea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria,
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.
Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion.
Sally with ally, yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay.
Say aver, but ever, fever.
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
Never guess–it is not safe:
We say calves, valves, half, but Ralph.
Heron, granary, canary,
Crevice and device, and eyrie,
Face but preface, but efface,
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, out, joust, and scour, but scourging,
Ear but earn, and wear and bear
Do not rime with here, but ere.
Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, clerk, and jerk,
Asp, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.
Pronunciation–think of psyche–!
Is a paling, stout and spikey,
Won’t it make you lose your wits,
Writing “groats” and saying “grits”?
It’s a dark abyss or tunnel,
Strewn with stones, like rowlock, gunwale,
Islington and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict, and indict!
Don’t you think so, reader, rather,
Saying lather, bather, father?
Finally: which rimes with “enough”
Though, through, plough, cough, hough, or tough?
Hiccough has the sound of “cup.”
My advice is–give it up!

Hi Flor,

Both phrases are fine depending on what exactly you want to say. If the article is about your life experience in general, you can call it “my life experience”.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEIC listening, photographs: Boats on the beach[YSaerTTEW443543]

[color=violet]By the way, I haven’t seen Alan online lately. Is everything all right with him, Torsten?