Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 13:32:11 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: stay and live Mark Mandel wonders, >Matthew James Gordon asks about... >>> The use of "stay" AS OPPOSED TO "live" as in "Where do you stay?" "I stay in Hammond on 173rd street." (It is clear that the meaning of temporary residence (e.g. "stay in a hotel") is not intended.) [emphasis added -- MAM] <<< >I am puzzled by the form of the question. You seem to be talking about >"stay" used as *equivalent* to "live" (in the sense of 'reside' [at a >permanent address]), and that is how respondents have taken it, so I >don't understand why you refer to opposition. Would you please explain? Actually I thought it was pretty clear in context. "stay" and "live" are in paradigmatic opposition as semantic equivalents, at least in this context. The use of "stay" in Dialect S (for Scots-derived, ex hyp.) is in opposition with the use of "live" in other dialects. This does not preclude my "live" from being (semantically) equivalent to your "stay". L