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I wrote the following sentence

They lived a lot of good experiences together.

but started wondering whether it is correct to add an object after "live". Here are some other ways to say what I'm trying to express.

  • They went through a lot of of good experiences together.
  • They went through a lot of good things together.
  • They experienced a lot of good things together?
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  • Sometimes to live can be used "transitively". He lived the life of Riley, We live the good life, etc. But semantically, those highlighted elements are effectively "adverbial" elements modifying the one and only life lived by the subject. You can improve your first sentence just by including a preposition (They lived through a lot of good experiences together), but imho to live isn't really the best verb for the context. Commented Mar 18, 2023 at 18:34
  • @FumbleFingers Thanks for your comment. I have a question: What do you think would by a better verb than "to live" for the context? Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 5:26
  • Your own went through is fine (experienced is a bit "starchy, stilted" to my ear). Also fine (probably the most common phrasing for the context) is They had a lot of good times together. Commented Mar 19, 2023 at 11:08
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    "Lived" on its own doesn't really work here. "they lived through ..." would work, or even "they had ..."
    – Billy Kerr
    Commented Dec 14, 2023 at 22:53
  • live through something, right.
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 12 at 21:50

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Your sentence is fine, although personally I prefer went through rather than lived.

Also, you can't really go through "things" (2nd bullet). Instead, you can go through "times":

They went through a lot of good times together.

The other bullets are good.

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