Ask the Editor
Serenity Carr, Assistant Editor
The Grammatical Difference Between Home and House
Monday August 21st 2017
What is the grammatical difference between "home" and "house"? — Kundan, India

As I wrote about in an earlier post, both home and house are used as nouns with small differences in meaning, but home has other uses that have a different grammatical function: home can be used as an adverb and as an adjective.


When home is used as an adverb it means "to or at the place where you live." Below are some examples of home as an adverb.

  • After school he went straight home [straight to his home/house].
  • His wife is on her way home from work.
  • They liked coming home to a tidy house after vacation.
  • I'd rather stay home and watch a movie than go to the theater.
  • The children are ready to go home.


When home is used as an adjective it means "of or relating to a home or family" as in the following examples.

  • The children have an enriching home life.
  • He gave her his home phone number.

It can also mean "designed to be used in your home" or "done or made in your home" as in the following examples.

  • They bought a new home entertainment center.
  • She always enjoyed home cooking when she visited her family.


I hope this helps. For more posts about words and usage, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!