An advert

An advert

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Sofa for sale

This gorgeous brown sofa made by is excellent quality and extremely comfortable. It is in immaculate condition (see photo) and comes with a 25-yr guarantee. Material is cotton and it has a cool modern feel.

Cushion covers are all removable and machine washable, with a quality foam filling, and it's super comfortable. Keeps its shape when you sit on it. The dark-coloured wooden legs can be easily removed to allow the sofa to fit through a standard doorway.

No wear and tear as we've only had it for two years and kept it in good condition. Sofa comes from a smoke-free, pet-free home. Only selling it due to moving house as the new place isn't big enough for the sofa.

Sofa measurements:

  • Width: 182 cm
  • Overall height: 81 cm
  • Height without legs: 63 cm

Any questions, feel free to ask. Asking price: £250. **For collection ONLY**


  1. Keep the advert short, with clear paragraphs or bullet points.
  2. Include description of the material, style, size/measurements and condition.
  3. Say if the item must be collected or if you can deliver it.
  4. You can leave out certain words to make sentences shorter, e.g. Selling due to moving house instead of I am selling … .


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Submitted by Ensiye on Mon, 18/09/2023 - 20:07


Is buying or selling second-hand things online a good way of shopping?

In my opinion, the answer can be different according to the kind of product. For example, It's better to buy brand-new electrical goods or clothes. But about some goods such as tables, chairs, closets, and so on, we can think about new and clean second-hand.

Personally, When I want to buy something, buying second-hand goods Is the last solution. If I'm in a rush and I need it right away, also my budget is pretty tight, I'm choosing this way. Otherwise, I'm waiting to buy it at the right time.

Selling second-hand things is one of the best ways you can get rid of things that you don't want to use anymore. Maybe your taste has changed, or don't have enough space to keep it, or even better, you are supposed to buy a newer one.

Of course, I confess. If there wasn't the online way, I wouldn't probably do it. It would take a lot of time to go and see goods in person. The advantage of being online has convinced me to do it.

Submitted by Ensiye on Sun, 17/09/2023 - 19:32


Hi there
Could I possibly ask you a question?

Given that the word "distriction " has been obsolete. (it is similar to District)
do you use this idiom : you have jumped over your distriction
It is used when we are trying to tell somebody, cut your coat according to your clothes

I have searched on the Internet but I haven't found anything

Hi Ensiye,

I've never heard or seen the word "distriction" used, including in that idiom. 


LearnEnglish team

thanks a lot, your answer made me listen to the voice more times. the accent was so thick. finally, I have found out that the word was "restriction"!

Submitted by Safa.ahmed311 on Tue, 15/08/2023 - 12:36


Sometimes it's the best way of buying, it saves money, it can be as good as new items, and it is Good for our environment.

Submitted by Myat Wit Yee on Sat, 12/08/2023 - 07:25


Yes,It is. If the second hand things are still in good condition, we should buy them.They are much cheaper than the new one. But we need to be careful not to get scammed.

Submitted by I.es91 on Tue, 02/05/2023 - 22:20


Yes, It is. If the Items in perfect condition, reasonable price, so why should we buy a new one. we can save our money by getting something not new. In some cases, I believe that the secondhand items is perfect for my need

Submitted by inaki07 on Thu, 23/02/2023 - 17:46


No, because there are many scammers. I recommend you to buy secondhand online things only if it is someone verified or trusted.

Submitted by Ayson on Fri, 28/10/2022 - 12:12


Also, it is a sustainable way of shopping and great for the environment. It is good because you are "reusing" other people's leftovers that they do not need. For example, you went on Gumtree, a second-hand online shop, and you see a book you want, so you get it, not just buy another one from the bookshop. As we know, reusing stuff can help our environment.

Submitted by Ayson on Fri, 28/10/2022 - 12:08


In my opinion, second-hand shopping is quite good, but also a bit bad. Although second-hand shopping is good because when it is in good condition, it is cheaper than the original one from the shop, it can also be unhygienic and can get some people sick. As you know, when someone is sick, germs spread on everything he/she touches. So buying second-hand stuff could carry germs or diseases, but overall, it is a great way of shopping if you are aware.