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

Good job.

Rachel MJun 05 at 21:58

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A home is a where you live with your family .In home we feel something that belong to us .We feel very comfortable in our home whereas a house is abuilding or appartment or structure whose main purpose is to occupied for habitation by human beings.A house is bigger than that of home and it may not be a home. A home is always special for you . There is nothing in the world as sweet as home.A home is a happy home,we always love our parents and they also love us.

link comment answered Aug 25 at 11:48 Diwakar tiwari New member

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