how to pronounce alive


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alive is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of alive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… as if they were alive which begs the …”

meanings of alive


  1. Synonym of live.
  2. Sprightly; lively; brisk.
  3. Busy with activity of many living beings; swarming; thronged; busy.
  4. Having life; living; not dead.
  5. In a state of action; in force or operation; existent.
  6. Out of all living creatures.
  7. Susceptible; easy to impress; having keen feelings, as opposed to apathy.

alive frequency in english - B1 level of CEFR

the word alive occurs in english on average 58 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics alive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that alive can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

2) people, society, and culture;

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