Vivre, Habiter, Or Demeurer

vivre, habiter, or demeurer

Vivre, habiter and demeurer all mean to live

Vivre Habiter Demeurer all mean ‘to live’ in English. However, they aren’t always interchangeable.

o   Vivre is used to express the way a person lives (happy, sad…), to live a life (well…), to be alive, to live off of, to inhabit, and also where a person lives. Because of all these meanings, VIVRE is, by far, the most common of the 3 options. Vivre is an –RE verb.

o   Habiter means to live in a place and describes the physical dwelling. It often relates to a home, a city, … Habiter is a regular –ER verb.

o   Demeurer is used mostly in legal setting and is becoming obsolete in everyday French. It’s a synonym of résider – ‘to reside’.  Demeurer is a regular –ER verb.

 In context

  • Je vis bien de ma retraite.
    • I live well with my retirement pension.
  • We don’t live in Provence anymore.
    • Nous n’habitons plus en Provence.
    • On n’habite plus en Provence. [more colloquial]
  • Where do you live?
    • Où demeurez-vous ?


Quiz - vivre, habiter, or demeurer

Choisissez la bonne réponse. Pick the right answer.
    Elles _____ super près l'une de l'autre.
    Si seulement on pouvait _____ de nos rentes !
    Il faut manger pour _____, et non vivre pour manger.
    Nous _____ au 12, rue des Ananas.
    Le maire m'a demandé où vous _____.
    Tu peux bien _____ avec ce salaire?
    On _____ à la mer avec notre prochaine maison ?
    Elle _____ une histoire d’amour incroyable.
    _____ à Quimperlé, en Bretagne.
    Elles _____ encore ici, dans la petite ruelle.


Encore !


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