A noticeboard message

A noticeboard message

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Looking for a housemate

Single ensuite room available in our lovely three-bedroom house in Didsbury. Five-minute walk from city centre. Move in from 1 June. Shared kitchen and living room with two female housemates, no parking, £600 a month excluding bills. No pets. Contact 07890 123456 for viewing.


1. Write the main title or idea bigger to catch people's attention.

2. Keep the message short, with only the most important information.

3. Don't put your address on it!

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Average: 4.8 (33 votes)

Submitted by Jim34 on Sun, 20/08/2023 - 21:26


I prefer to live alone. I enjoy being social, but I need my space and my own order.

Submitted by Mohamed Alkady on Thu, 10/08/2023 - 19:49


Hi Sir,
I'm asking about phrase in task 2 (a ten-minute walk from city centre)
and in task 3 it is (Ten-minutes by bus from the university)
Why they are differents (minute or minutes)?
Thanks a lot

Hi Mohamed Alkady,

The two forms here are ten-minute (with a hyphen) and ten minutes (without a hyphen).

When we use a number larger than one and a noun the noun is plural: two hours, three years, twenty euros and, in your example, ten minutes.

However, when we want to use a number and a noun to create a compound adjective which comes before a noun then we use a hyphen and a singular form.

For example:

The film lasts two hours. [number + plural noun]

It's a two-hour film. [compound adjective + noun]


She's three years old > She's a three-year-old child

The meal costs twenty euros > It's a twenty-euro meal

It's ten minutes by bus > It's a ten-minute bus ride



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Submitted by Jouu on Tue, 08/08/2023 - 09:55


I prefer living alone to sharing a house cuz it gives me freedom and personal space, but sometimes it has a bit uncomfortable cuz i have to pay higher prices for food, accommodation, and transportation. Therefore, sharing a house might be a smarter solution if you want to save money and don't like living alone

Submitted by mrcamila27 on Sat, 22/07/2023 - 03:48


I prefer live alone, but it is difficult because the high costs. So It's cheaper share a house and It's better to look good housemates.

Submitted by ngocchau156 on Sat, 15/07/2023 - 15:17


I prefer to live alone because i would like to have a personal space where I can decorate by my personalities without needing to see anybody's eyes.

Submitted by mila84 on Thu, 13/07/2023 - 13:56


I like both! My experience living alone was great. Then i shared with housemates and it was hard but fun too. Now I live with my husband and I really enjoy it.

Submitted by abdrky on Sat, 08/07/2023 - 18:08


I prefer living alone. But for economic reasons I have to choice shared house.