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    #1

    live to be 50 or live up to 50?

    Hello, teachers!

    I've found the following:

    1. If he had taken better care of his health, he could have lived to be 50.

    Some of my friends insist that we can replace "to be 50" with "up to 50."
    Is that so? Will there be any big difference in meaning?

    Thanks in advance.

    yam.

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    Re: live to be 50 or live up to 50?

    "Live up to 50" means refers to the span of time which the person could have lived longer.
    "Live to be 50" means the person being able to attain the point in time where he would be 60.
    The first sounds more natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: live to be 50 or live up to 50?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    If he had taken better care of his health, he could have lived to be 50. .
    That's fine. Few native speakers would say 'up to 50', in my opinion.

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    #4

    Re: live to be 50 or live up to 50?

    I'd use lived to be 50 too.

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    Re: live to be 50 or live up to 50?

    I might not even bother with "be".

    He could have lived to 50.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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