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‘Live’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Live’ as a verb.


Nothing could exceed the harmony in which they all lived together.

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“Yet I could not live alone; so I tried the companionship of mistresses.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


They returned, therefore, in good spirits to Longbourn, the village where they lived.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“With her constitution she should have lived to a good old age: her life was shortened by trouble.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


By his own account he must have lived his life among some of the wickedest men that God ever allowed upon the sea.

From ‘Treasure Island’, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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There was also the official unwillingness to undertake anything novel, untried, and contrary to routine.

From ‘Men of Invention and Industry’, by Samuel Smiles.

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