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What is the difference between "lives" and "beings"? When we want to refer to all creatures in the cosmos, both human beings and all other life forms, when should we use lives, and when should we use beings?

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  • This is a really mushy subject. It's as much a poetic choice as semantic. – Hot Licks Aug 2 '15 at 11:49
  • For example in this context: Lives at any of the various dimensions in the cosmos perceive the smallest particle in their dimensions as the atom in our human world. – Hassan Aug 2 '15 at 12:16
  • Well, lives exist, beings perceive. – Hot Licks Aug 2 '15 at 13:27
  • Beings are the consumers of lives. – Noah Aug 2 '15 at 14:33
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You have (or live) a life, you are a being. Beings have lives.

As a matter of interest, the plural of "life" is of course "lives", but in a word like "still-life" (a painting with only inanimate objects), the plural is "still-lifes".

  • For example in this context: Lives at any of the various dimensions in the cosmos perceive the smallest particle in their dimensions as the atom in our human world. – Hassan Aug 2 '15 at 12:16
  • I'd prefer 'beings' to 'lives' in this context on the grounds that I do not think 'lives' can refer to biological entities but rather to biological properties. For those who hold strong religious views and refute Darwinism, 'divine' might replace 'biological'. This, of course, in jest. – Joost Kiefte Aug 4 '15 at 15:15
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What is the difference between "lives" and "beings"?

This tragic war cost more [human] lives than can be counted.

Can't we discuss this like sensible human beings? (from http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/human-being)

Please note, it would be good to get in the habit of checking example sentences from a good dictionary to get the feel for the usage of a word.

When we want to refer to all creatures in the cosmos, both human beings and all other life forms, when should we use lives, and when should we use beings?

Neither. You could use all creatures if you want to focus on animals; you could use living things or life forms or organic beings if you want to be more general.

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A being is a conscious entity, not necessarily in a physical form. A life is when that being is physical starting from birth and ending in death. Until we understand existence in other dimensions, life is used for our world, 3 dimensions.

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