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I don't know when to use 'life' as countable and when to use it as uncountable noun. For example,
We should do something meaningful in our life or lives.
We should plan to do things in our daily life or lives.
In a context where the sentence starts "We", unless there is anything to contradict the plural pronoun, the indication is that there are plural people involved, so "lives" would be acceptable.
In the second sentence "daily life" is an idiom meaning the usual things that happen to you every day so it is acceptable to use "life".
Thanks a lot. I read 'life' entry in Longman dictionary:
1 [C or U] the period between birth and death; the experience or state of being alive.
2 [C or U] way of living or a particular part of someone's life.
So life is both countable and uncountable, which make non native speakers to understand. Are the following examples correct?
1. ....their family lives
... their sex lives
...their private lives
2. their working lives
3. We interviewed senior politicians, famous writers and others in public lives.
4. Drugs and violence are deeply rooted in American lives.
5. They are not they want to spend the rest of their lives with their sprouses.
6. Fortunately, accidents are part of lives.
7. They went mad towards the end of their lives.
8. They don't know what they really wants in/out of lives.
9. The accident changed their whole outlook on lives.
10. They lost their lives in a car accident.
11. Teaching has been their lives.
Thanks a lot.
Thanks a lot. One more question. Could you proofread the following sentence and tell me whether 'life' or 'lives' is correct? Thanks a lot.
New immigrants usually find it hard to adopt themselves to the new environment when they migrate to America first few years. They usually don't like to lead (a American life OR American lives.)
I agree with you. However, you can use themselves in the sentence:
–verb (used with object) 1. to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly: They adapted themselves to the change quickly.
–verb (used without object) 2. to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.: to adapt easily to all circumstances.
I agree with both of you
I would also move "In/during the first few years" to the start of the sentence.
I understand that the sentence I agree with both of you is correct since you have already written it. My question - even if it`s not related to the subject of this thread - is :
Can I say : I agree with you both, or is it unusual or less common?