House or Home?
HouseA house is a building or structure in which people live.
- The house has a beautifully landscaped garden.
- They’ve just bought a two-bedroom house.
- We're hoping to enlarge the house.
- Be careful not to wake the whole house!
A house can refer to a building or part of a building that is used for a special purpose.
- The Sydney Opera House
We can use house to talk about a company involved in a particular kind of business.
- a fashion house
- a banking house
- a publishing house
HomeHome is the place where we live: our house, our flat, our tent. It's also the place you feel comfortable or you feel you belong to. If you live in a flat, that's home, but it's not a house.
- They had to sell the family home.
- I miss the comforts of home when I’m away.
- home sweet home (People never say house sweet house.)
- There's no place like home.
We often use home with the preposition at.
- He isn’t at home today.
- Sit down and make yourself at home.
Home can be used to refer to a family living together.
- These children need a stable home life.
- I left home and began an independent life when I was sixteen.
- We had a happy home.
- She came from a good home.
The town, district, or country you come from is your home.
- My home is New Jersey.
- We decided to make Greece our home.
We can use a home to refer to a place where people who need special care live and are cared for.
- an old people’s home
- a retirement home
- a home for orphans
In this sense, home is used as a countable noun and with the preposition in.
- She spent her early years in a home.
We use the home of to refer to the place where something was first started or originated.
- Scotland is known as the home of golf.
- New Orleans is the home of jazz.
We can use home as an adverb to mean to or at the place where we live.
- It's time to go home.
- What time did you get home?
- Don't worry, we'll be home soon.