14 / 09 / 2004

LIVE-3: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Before beginning, I would like to welcome all of our new Daily Vitamin recipients.

The last 2 Daily Vitamins have been about the word live, which has different meanings and pronunciations depending on whether it's a verb, an adjective or an adverb. Following is a summary of what we've seen so far:


Pronunciation: /lIv/. It rhymes with give.

Meaning and Use: It's the equivalent of 'vivir' in Spanish and is used in different expressions like to live it up, to live off something or someone or to live through something.


Pronunciation: /LaIv/. It rhymes with arrive.

Meaning 1: living and not dead.
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").


Today we will look at live as an ADVERB.

Pronunciation: The same as live as an Adjective (/LaIv/- It rhymes with arrive).

Meaning and Use: It has the same meaning as the adjective ("en vivo"), but as an adverb it has a much more limited use. It's used with certain verbs to indicate that something was done "en vivo."

Example 1:
I sang live in front of an audience for the first time when I was 8 years old.

Example 2:
The World Cup will be broadcast live around the whole world.

Example 3:
Have you heard the new CD by Bruce Springsteen? It was recorded live.

If you have any questions about live as an adverb, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

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