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18 / 06 / 2008

LIVE-2 (REVISION): meaning and examples

Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the verb to live (pronounced /lIv/, which rhymes with give). However, I also mentioned that live can be an adjective or an adverb:

The pronunciation of the adjective/adverb live is /LaIv/ (which rhymes with arrive).

As an adjective, live has different but very related meanings.

Meaning 1: living and not dead.

Example 1:
Please don't give me any live plants for my birthday. I travel a lot, so they're sure to die. A nice dried flower arrangement would be better.

Meaning 2: a concert or theatre play or some other kind of show that is performed in front of an audience; live entertainment ("en vivo")

Example 2:
Some rock-n-roll groups are much better live than recorded; that's why I prefer to see my favourite bands live, in concert.

Tomorrow we will look at live as an adverb.

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