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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:57:34 AM

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Respected teachers, What is the difference between 'live' (as in 'five') and 'alive'.

Me Gathering Pebbles at The Seashore.-Aj
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Posted: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:53:50 AM

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They generally have the same meaning, but "live" is normally used as an attributive adjective — that is, it comes before the noun it modifies. The "alive" form is commonly used predicatively.

- "Inside the box was a live cat."
- "We were relieved to find that the cat was alive."



Note that "alive" is used if the concept of life is applicable, even metaphorically. "We're trying to keep the project alive."

For other senses of "live" the predicative form is "live", not "alive". A live wire is not "alive"; it's "live". And a live performance (that is, one which is not being played back from a recording) is "live" (not "alive").

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