Difference Between Live and Alive

Live vs Alive

Both ‘live’ and ‘alive’ are words that have the same root ‘life’. So anything that has life, whether it is a plant, animal or human being is said to be alive. Live is a word that is used both as a verb as well as an adjective. Though the sense of both words in many situations is similar, they are basically different. This is precisely why non natives find it difficult to differentiate between these two words. This article aims to differentiate between live and alive, to remove all doubts.

Look at the following sentences.

‘live’ bait is used to hunt lions.

He is a live wire in the field.

The match is being telecast live.

From the first sentence, it is clear that small animals that are alive are used to present to lion as bait and make him come out of the woods. However, never is the word alive used for bait. In the second sentence, the person being talked about is described as being electrifying or having extraordinary energy. The third sentence tells us that the match that we are watching is currently taking place, and we are getting current feed as action is taking place on the field.

Alive is a word used to describe the condition of patients and animals. If you have doubts about a person being alive or dead, your friend confirms it saying that the person is indeed alive and kicking. In rescue missions, rescue officials shout to confirm if there is anyone alive and trapped in debris or any other life-threatening situation.

If a person is living but totally dissatisfied with his life and conditions surrounding him, he is described as living but not truly alive, which is described as a state of happiness and well being.

What is the difference between Live and Alive?

• Anyone having a life is described as alive, while live is used in different ways: to describe live bait, live telecast, and a person full of energy.

• There are many who live to eat, while there are others who eat to live. Both these categories of persons are living beings and alive though there is a vast difference between their levels of satisfaction from their lives.