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  1. Member
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    stay and live

    Is "Where do you stay?" in Indian English the same as "Where do you live?" in British English? I am wondering whether 'stay' can be used to mean 'live' in some contexts.

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    Re: stay and live

    In what context do you use the question? It would not be used to asked where someone lives in the UK.

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    Re: stay and live

    If you are "staying" somewhere, it means you are there only temporarily -- you might, for example, stay at a hotel, or at your friend's house for a few days.

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    Re: stay and live

    Without wanting to confuse the issue, although not standard British English, "stay" is commonly used in place of "live" in Scotland.

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