what is the difference between home and house?



He was in my home.

He was in my house.

asked May 26 '12 at 08:16 hadi New member

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A home is the place where someone lives.  A house is one type of place.  A person might also live in an apartment, a tipi, a hut, or on a boat.  If you live in a house, they can be used interchangeably. 


Home is also used figuratively.  They say home is where the heart is.  Though you might live in a house, using home adds some emotional attachment to the place.

link comment answered May 26 '12 at 08:38 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

If one is interested, this can be taken further than Patty did. A home is where someone dwells.  A house is something one builds. See the essay "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" by the German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), which looks into the relation between dwelling and building and asks what it means to dwell. 

link comment answered May 26 '12 at 13:25 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

House, dwelling, residence, home  are terms applied to a place to live in.

Dwelling  is now chiefly poetic, or used in legal or technical contexts, as in a lease or in the phrase multiple dwelling.

Residence  is characteristic of formal usage and often implies size and elegance of structure and surroundings: the private residence of the king. 

These two terms and house  have always had reference to the structure to be lived in.

Home has recently taken on this meaning and become practically equivalent to house,  the new meaning tending to crowd out the older connotations of family ties and domestic comfort.

link comment answered May 26 '12 at 17:17 Rahul Gupta Expert

As others have already said, a home isn't necessarily a house. A house may not feel like home. The term home is more emotional than a description of real estate. For instance, when we travel in our RV and we're touring or shopping, we'll say "I'm ready to go home" meaning the campground where our RV is parked, not our permanent residence, because the camper is our home-away-from-home.


Having said that, the lines between house and home are blurred, thanks to terms like "home ownership," which really means you hold the deed and/or mortgage for a house or condominium, regardless of your emotional ties to the place.


I wouldn't worry too much about distinguishing between the two because modern usage is making the terms interchangeable.

link comment answered May 26 '12 at 20:41 cherylnorman New member

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