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    Default grandpa and grandma , lives and life

    Do grandpa and grandma have to be in capital letters in sentences? I found it like this in a famous book.

    What are the differences between lives and life?

    eg.
    a. Their lives are started to be together once they married 20 years ago.
    b, Their life are started to be together once they married 20 years ago.
    ( I believe life is uncountable, am I right?)


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    Default Re: grandpa and grandma , lives and life

    Ju, please ask different questions in separate threads
    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Do grandpa and grandma have to be in capital letters in sentences?
    If they are child's words for granparents in general, then there is no need for a capital letter. If they are used as names, then theu should begin with a capital letter.

    It must be hard for a grandpa if he lives a long way from his grandchildren.
    "Will you teach me how to whistle, Grandpa?"

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    Default Re: grandpa and grandma , lives and life

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Do grandpa and grandma have to be in capital letters in sentences? I found it like this in a famous book.

    What are the differences between lives and life?

    eg.
    a. Their lives are started to be together once they married 20 years ago.
    b, Their life are started to be together once they married 20 years ago.
    ( I believe life is uncountable, am I right?)


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    I'll address the second question. Life is not necessarily uncountable. "Many lives were lost in the earthquake." Sorry, I'm lousy thinking up examples, but you get the idea, I hope.

    In your example, I'd use life, because you're referring to the couple's shared experiences, which in our minds usually counts as one life, their shared life.

    The sentence needs re-wording, though. How about: Their life together started twenty years ago, when they got married.

    Actually, I'd say something like they've been together for twenty years, since they got married, or they've been together since they got married, twenty years ago.

    Hope this helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    I'll address the second question. Life is not necessarily uncountable. "Many lives were lost in the earthquake." Sorry, I'm lousy thinking up examples, but you get the idea, I hope.

    In your example, I'd use life, because you're referring to the couple's shared experiences, which in our minds usually counts as one life, their shared life.

    The sentence needs re-wording, though. How about: Their life together started twenty years ago, when they got married.

    Actually, I'd say something like they've been together for twenty years, since they got married, or they've been together since they got married, twenty years ago.

    Hope this helped.

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    Hi H,

    1. Then, lives is the plual form of life.

    2. Do lives and life pronounce the same except the pronounciation of lives ends with the s sound.

    Am I right?

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    Default Re: grandpa and grandma , lives and life

    Not really.

    Life: /laɪf/
    Lives: /laɪvz/

    The f is voiceless but the v is voiced, and therefore followed by a voiced s sound /z/.

    Did this help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Not really.

    Life: /laɪf/
    Lives: /laɪvz/

    The f is voiceless but the v is voiced, and therefore followed by a voiced s sound /z/.

    Did this help?
    Thank you, it did help.

    Is lives the plual form of life?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Thank you, it did help.

    Is lives the plual form of life?

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    If you're talking about the countable form of life, then yes.

    One life, two lives, three lives, many lives etc etc.

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    Thank you, it did help.

    Is lives the plual form of life?

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    Default Re: grandpa and grandma , lives and life

    Note that the vowel is different in lives with:

    I live here, and he lives here too.
    One life was lost, but three lives were saved.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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