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    (a) It seems 'accommodation' is British English. In US, it seems American prefer to use 'Housing'. Is this correct?

    (b) What's the difference between 'accommodation' and 'accommodations'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doom3god View Post
    (a) It seems 'accommodation' is British English. In US, it seems American prefer to use 'Housing'. Is this correct?

    (b) What's the difference between 'accommodation' and 'accommodations'?
    "Accommodation" in the sense of housing is uncountable. "I am looking for accommodation for my students" not "accommodations".

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    It seems the British prefer to use the word, Accommodation while Americans tend to say Housing. Is this correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Accommodation" in the sense of housing is uncountable. "I am looking for accommodation for my students" not "accommodations".
    This is interesting, because in AmE, we would use the plural in bhaisahab`s example.
    In AmE "accommodations" often refers to temporary lodgings (in a hotel, inn, apartment,) while 'housing" implies a more permanent arrangement.

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    Until a year or two ago, I would have agreed with bhaisahab about accommodation being incountable - for British speakers at least. However, I hear it more and more. I don't think I shall succumb myself, but I am becoming less dogmatic about its lack of acceptability in British.

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