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hanzj
February 21st, 2006, 07:16 AM
Hey guys,
What's the difference between in meaning between the words "live" and "stay"? It seems in some cases that they are interchangeable.


In other cases, only one word can be used.

I'm staying at the Hilton Hotel on 1st Street.

How would you explain it?

Okay, human beings. I'll end it here. It's your turn.

gord
February 21st, 2006, 07:20 AM
live is perminent, stay is temporary

heimo
February 21st, 2006, 07:22 AM
live (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/live)


to live (third-person singular simple present lives (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lives), present participle living (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/living), simple past lived (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lived), past participle lived (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lived))
To be alive; to have life (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/life).
To have permanent residence. I live at 2a Acacia Avenue.
To survive, to persevere. He's not expected to live for more than a few months. stay (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stay)

(http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stay)

to stay (third-person singular simple present stays (http://en.wiktionary.org/w/index.php?title=stays&action=edit), present participle staying (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/staying), simple past stayed (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stayed), past participle stayed (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stayed))
To remain (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/remain) in a particular place. (We stayed in Hawaii for a week.)
To continue (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/continue) to have a particular quality (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/quality). (Wear gloves so your hands stay warm.)

hanzj
February 21st, 2006, 07:30 AM
Gord,
that can't be the meaning, or the only meaning. Coz if it is, how come they are, in some cases, interchangeable?

Example


Bob has lived in his parents's home since he was born.
Bob has stayed in his parents' home since he was born.

briancurtin
February 21st, 2006, 07:39 AM
edit nevermind

bored2k
February 21st, 2006, 07:43 AM
Gord,
that can't be the meaning, or the only meaning. Coz if it is, how come they are, in some cases, interchangeable?

Example
Bob has stayed in his parents' home, but that doesn't mean he will be there forever. For that reason, it's a temporary home. He has lived there, but that doesn't mean he'll be there forever either. Although there are clear differences, the context might slightly change the meanings.

If I'm wrong, someone correct me.