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    what is "to lead a life?"

    When someon says " I was trying to lead a kind of life, " what does it mean?
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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    I think more context is needed - this looks like a bit of something.

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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    Quote Originally Posted by SeptemberSky View Post
    When someon says " I was trying to lead a kind of life, " what does it mean?
    Thank you for youe help.
    I agree with Anglika, more context is necessary here. But it may be enough for SS's needs to say that 'lead a life' is an approximate synonym for 'live' (in the sense of 'spend time being alive'). It's useful, because it lets you attach an adjective to the noun: 'He lived a healthy life' = 'He lived healthily', but with more of a focus on the characteristics of that life.

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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    I was reading here:
    Larry King Discusses His Career

    Larry King says: ....My problem with it was it would be at 9 o'clock every night. I was on at midnight. That would be two shows to do. I was trying to lead a kind of life. I wasn't married. I liked to go to sporting events, but I said I would go give it a try....

    Although the sentence "I was trying to lead a kind of life" ends here with a period, are the following sentences exlaining the kind of life he means? He wanted to live a life with a lot of freedom???

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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    Here he is using 'a life' as meaning 'an interesting/worthwhile/significant social life'. (This meaning is fairly recent; it accounts for the expression 'Get a life' - common among young and youngish people, though I've never heard it used by anyone over 40.) It also accounts for our expectation that something was missing from the sentence - usually it would be 'a life of' something 'a life that' something). Larry King found it difficult to go on doing what he liked to do, while presenting his midnight show.

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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    Thank you, BobK, for helping me.

    In fact, I would like to know one more from the same quote of his.
    It is "I was on at midnight." At first, I thought it is "I was on the radio show at midnight." But, I start to feel wrong. What is the "on" mean here?

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    Re: what is "to lead a life?"

    I don't know who LK is, so it may be 'on the TV' or 'on the radio' or 'on stage'; in either of the first two cases it could also be 'on the air'.

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