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room • new house • for America
round • series
  1. The church is our town is over 120 years old, which is old .
  2. Should we buy a or square mirror.
  3. This the only I really watch.
  4. This is a so it still smells like paint.
  5. His is next to mine and I can never sleep because of his loud music.
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152 House Description
Clare answers questions about her home back in England.

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How many rooms does the house have?

Usually when talking about "rooms" in a house we are referring to bedrooms, or places for people to sleep. Notice the following:

  1. There were seven people living in the house and only four rooms.
  2. His room was across the hall from mine.

new house

Is it a new house or an old house?

A "new house" has recently been built and has never been lived in by another person or family.  Notice the following:

  1. She decided to buy a new house because she didn't want any problems with the structure.
  2. They building a lot of new houses near the highway.

old for America

That's old for America.

Because America a young country a building or house that was built 150 years ago is very "old for America," even though it is not old for a lot of countries in Europe where the buildings are 400 years old.  Notice the following:

  1. This building is very old and traditional for America.
  2. The company has a history of 100 years, which is old for America.


A big round table.

A "round" table is a table in the shape of a circle.  Notice the following:

  1. The new office building is round and has a lot of windows. 
  2. The round table made it easy for everyone to be part of the conversation.


I like watching TV series.

A "series" is where each episode is related to the other episodes and together they tell a story.  Notice the following:

  1. I always watch my favorite series on Thursday night.
  2. Is there any series that you really enjoy?