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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.

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

3. Don't put your address on it!

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Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
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Submitted by ValeriaGutierrez on Tue, 10/09/2019 - 17:53

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I think that sharing a house is cheaper and also allows you to talk with other people, maybe people from other countries. But if it's about settle down somewhere, the definitely answer is to have a place where to live alone and be more comfortable.

Submitted by Heymar on Mon, 02/09/2019 - 03:48

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I prefer to live alone in my room because i feel more freedom and comfortable

Submitted by aliyazdan on Sun, 01/09/2019 - 10:53

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When there are several separate room at home for each person, I prefer share flat instead of alone live. Personal room is neccessry for study and rest . Some advantage of Share flat are decrease cost of rent, bills,..etc. also you can talk toghrther in free time.

Submitted by Ola Jamal on Thu, 22/08/2019 - 19:29

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Hello, Five-minute walk from city center. Ten minutes by bus from the university. Why did they add "s" for "minute" in the second sentence and did not add it in the first one?
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 27/08/2019 - 07:59

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Hello Ola Jamal,

We do not use a hypen when we have a number followed by a noun:

The meeting took five minutes.

The journey lasts two hours.

He is two metres tall.

 

However, when we put a number and a noun together and use them as a compound adjective before a noun then we use a hyphen and do not make the noun plural:

It was a five-minute meeting.

It is a two-hour journey.

He's a two-metre tall man.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Francis Feng on Wed, 25/09/2019 - 08:11

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In the phrase "five-minute walk", "five-minute" is considered as a combination adjective word, generally, use the singular form. but "ten minutes" are comprised the numerals and measure words, so it's adopted the plural form.
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Submitted by funnylearn on Wed, 14/08/2019 - 09:18

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I prefer to live alone. I can do anything I want, I have some secrets of life. And sometime you do the crazy thing it's not influence to anyone ^^

Submitted by Huyen on Tue, 13/08/2019 - 16:17

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I prefer living alone to share a house. Living alone makes me independent and comfortable. Do not share with other people. Do anything you like, enjoy anything you have is the best.

Submitted by Toanrt on Tue, 06/08/2019 - 15:29

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living alone totally cause I don't like small talks between people and need almost all of the time being alone for works and having fun ^^