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Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
The Difference Between a House and a Home
Tuesday July 7th 2020
Explain the difference between a HOME and a HOUSE. — Mercy, Nigeria

'House' and 'home' both refer to the place someone lives.

House is a more general word that describes a building where someone lives. Home is a more personal word that not only describes the building, but also describes the people living inside and the daily activities of those people. Below are some examples of how each word is used.

  • The house on the corner is for sale.
  • There are 12 houses on my street.
  • They had their house custom built.
  • The couple purchased their first house/home.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • She called her son to find out when he would be home.
  • He is home from work every day by 6 p.m.
  • The couple married and worked together to make a happy home for themselves.
  • There's nothing like coming home to a clean house.


I hope this helps.


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