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Dear Ted:

Do you say, "to live the moment" or "to live in the moment"?

If both phrases are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  

Do you say, "to live the moment" or "to live in the moment"?

If both phrases are possible, do they mean the same thing?

*** The usual saying is "to live IN the moment."  It means to enjoy the present time, neither looking toward the past nor toward the future.  

EXAMPLES:

My philosophy is TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT, enjoying each day as it comes.

My sister has never been able TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT; she constantly dwells on the past to the extent that she cannot appreciate all the good things that currently surround her.

Ted

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