4. House or home?

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Do you know when to use house and when to use home? Read this explanation.

House and home

House means the physical building or structure.

I live in a big house.
The house is very bright in the morning.

Home is more personal or emotional. It means a place where you live your life and feel safe and comfortable.

After work, I usually just relax at home.
I've just moved into a new house. It doesn't feel like home yet.

A home can be a house, a flat or any other place where you live.

House and home are nouns. Home is also an adverb. It can be added to some verbs to mean 'to home' or 'at home'.

What time are you coming home?
I'm not going out tonight. I'm just staying home.

Housework and homework

Housework means cleaning and tidying things in the house. Washing clothes, washing dishes and cleaning the windows are all housework.

Homework means studying or learning at home. Your teacher gives you homework to do at home before your class.

Other related words

In conversation, you can say my place to mean your home.

Come over to my place at the weekend!

A household is a group of people who all live together.

How many people are there in your household?

Home is part of many phrases.

a homepage = the main or front page of a website
your home address = the house name, number and street
your hometown = the town or city where you come from
your home country = the country where you come from

Now it's your turn

In your opinion, what makes a house feel like a home? Write a comment and share your ideas.


Average: 4 (7 votes)

Submitted by Franfon on Sun, 30/06/2024 - 16:25


My home is a place where I can relax without noise, with a good view through large windows. I can see the mountains. It's very peaceful and beautiful.

Submitted by yoamoamiperro on Thu, 06/06/2024 - 22:06


My house is my place in the world. So My house is my Home. I love to return after work and I feel that nothing wrong can happen. It is my feeling about my home. 

Submitted by thamyriisf.m on Mon, 03/06/2024 - 16:19


A home is a place with people who respect and love each other sz

Submitted by yasminsilvasousa on Sat, 01/06/2024 - 12:36


In my opinion, a home is a house full of people I love.

Submitted by Chris Brown on Fri, 31/05/2024 - 17:54


Home make me feel bad. It always let me down. I just want to live with my family as well. The people who live with family can be felt home to their house. As they get more feelings like warm, love and kind.

Submitted by Rafaela6144 on Thu, 30/05/2024 - 02:10


In my opinion, a house or a home is where brings memories, a scribble of paint on the wall, furniture that is tired of being used, the jokes at home. The journy home when you leave work. It is to have security and comfort. It makes us who we are today.

Submitted by mariahmoreira on Tue, 28/05/2024 - 13:46


I just need people I love, definitely couldn't live alone.

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Submitted by victorsolozabal on Mon, 27/05/2024 - 13:05


To me, a home is a place that brings me memories and makes me feel safe and comfortable. It is like getting to it and seeing the plant that belonged to my grandmother, the porcelain I bought in Portugal, my dog my favorite beer in the fridge, and my favorite cheese as well.

Hi victorsolozabal,

I know what you mean. Every object carries beautiful memories!


LearnEnglish team

Submitted by Mira-nda on Sat, 25/05/2024 - 06:11



Thank you!

By the way, I guess  the word home is countable , somehow thought was uncountable:-) 

Submitted by Felizisonfire on Wed, 22/05/2024 - 09:53


As long as there's something make you feel cozy, comfortable, warm and safe, that would be probably considered a home, I think. It doesn't need to be a huge mansion or a penthouse suite. And a home is a kind of place that makes you happy.

Submitted by Mira-nda on Sat, 18/05/2024 - 13:15


I think, it is all about how supportive , loving , caring  family we have . Because in the end, that's what turns a  house - the building into home. It is all about our memory of childhood  as well, it can be some fruit tree  that  you were trying to climb to get it, it can be the kitchen  where   was made  your favourite dish or  even the road  to  your  home where you were walking so many times. Home should  be our  safe place from so many "hustle and bustle" of life. 

Hi Mira-nda,
Like you, I think a home is all about the people who live in it. As they say, 'home is where the heart is' :-)
Best wishes,
Jo (LearnEnglish team)