live vs stay

We use ‘live’ to talk about permanent situations or long periods of time.

  • Where do you live? (= What is your current address/country of residence)
  • When I was younger I lived in Scotland, but now I am living in Germany.
  • Most Australian people live in cities.

We use the word ‘stay’ for temporary situations.

  • How long will you stay at your sister’s house?
  • Have you ever stayed at that hotel on the hill?
  • Where did you stay while you were at the conference?
  • When I first moved to Scotland I stayed with friends until I found a place to live.

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