Does the word 'life' have a plural form?

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jay :
We meet lots of different people in our life/lives.

Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.
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CyberCypher:
The inimitable jay stated one day
[nq:1]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives. Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.[/nq]
Yes, the word "life" has the plural form "lives", as in "Legend has it that cats have nine lives".
There is no need to say "different people"; even if you meet identical twins, you've met two different people. Also, not everyone meets "lots of different people", especially those who live in small villages that hardly ever get visitors from the outside. It's generally not a good idea to speak for everyone else unless you are speaking for a specific group. I would never attempt to speak for all the expats I know in Taiwan (not that many even after 7 years here) except to say something like "{We / Foreigners in Taiwan} are forbidden by law to take an active role in local politics".

The sentence you suggest is probably better said as "We meet a lot of people in a lifetime", but this kind of "We (modal) VERB complement" sentences are better left unsaid and unwritten when the "we" referred to is so general a group. Most of the time they are better expressed more personally, as in "I've met a lot of people".

I think the default understanding is "in my life so far", so saying "in my life" emphasizes the length of your life and suggest that you are older than those you are addressing.
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Steve Hayes:
[nq:1]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives. Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.[/nq]
I can never remember whether it was Petrarch's or Plutarch's lives.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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Simon R. Hughes:
Thus spake Steve Hayes:
[nq:2]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives. Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.[/nq]
[nq:1]I can never remember whether it was Petrarch's or Plutarch's lives.[/nq]
Petrarch's sonnets, Plutarch's Lives.
Or was that an answer to the question?

Simon R. Hughes
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Jerry Friedman:
[nq:1]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives. Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.[/nq]
"David56 has been mentioning in his sig people whose lives were too short."

Jerry Friedman
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Andreas Prilop:
[nq:1]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives.[/nq]
I used to believe in reincarnation in a former life.
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david56:
[nq:2]We meet lots of different people in our life/lives. Can't think of a better example. Most of my English brain cells are sleeping now.[/nq]
[nq:1]"David56 has been mentioning in his sig people whose lives were too short."[/nq]
Only two, who happened to die 25 years and one day apart.

David
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RIP Jaques Brel, died 09/10/1978
Also too young.
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Steve Hayes:
[nq:1]Thus spake Steve Hayes:[/nq]
[nq:2]I can never remember whether it was Petrarch's or Plutarch's lives.[/nq]
[nq:1]Petrarch's sonnets, Plutarch's Lives. Or was that an answer to the question?[/nq]
Thanks for reminding me, though I'll probably forget again by tomorrow. I've got a mind lika a .. what's that thing called?
But yes, it was also intended as an answer.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/7734/stevesig.htm
E-mail - see web page, or parse: shayes at dunelm full stop org full stop uk
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CyberCypher:
The inimitable (Email Removed) (Steve Hayes) stated one day
[nq:1]Thanks for reminding me, though I'll probably forget again by tomorrow. I've got a mind lika a .. what's that thing called?[/nq]
A mesh stocking?
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