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    live can be a noun?

    "To the bulk of these people Britain is a strange land, and there are some who do not speak its language. Many are Maltese of origin, but strangers in Malta, having spent their whole live in Egypt."

    Would there be a mistake in this sentence? Can live be a noun?

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "To the bulk of these people Britain is a strange land, and there are some who do not speak its language. Many are Maltese of origin, but strangers in Malta, having spent their whole live in Egypt."

    Would there be a mistake in this sentence? Can live be a noun?
    It should be "lives".

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    The point may have escaped some readers' notice that 'lives' (pronounced /laɪvz/) is the plural of 'life'.

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The point may have escaped some readers' notice that 'lives' (pronounced /laɪvz/) is the plural of 'life'.

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    Our teacher told us that it's somewhat of a newspaper slang and that writers substitute "live" for "life".??

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Our teacher told us that it's somewhat of a newspaper slang and that writers substitute "live" for "life".??
    What kind of a newspaper would this be?

    Spelling mistakes or misuse of words isn't "slang".

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Our teacher told us that it's somewhat of a newspaper slang and that writers substitute "live" for "life".??
    I can't imagine any native English speaker substituting "live" for "lives".

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    Re: live can be a noun?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't imagine any native English speaker substituting "live" for "lives".
    You might hear "lifes", though, in some regions.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 21-Apr-2011 at 20:15.

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