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    Hello!

    Can we say: "My house is 86m big"?

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    Re: m big

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we say: "My house is 86m big"?

    Thanks
    W
    No, my house is/measures 86m2.

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    Re: m big

    People ask, "How big is your house?"

    The answer does not use the word big, but uses the unit of measurement. "About 1200 sq. feet."

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    Re: m big

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, my house is/measures 86m2.
    And note that the words are 'square metres' [no -d]. And if you put the 'metres' first you're inviting misunderstanding: a square room that measures 100 square metres is 10 metres square [no -d].

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Jan-2011 at 16:43.

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    Cool Re: m big

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And note that the words are 'square metres' [no -d]. And if you put the 'metres' first you're inviting misunderstanding: a square room that measures 100 square metres is 10 metres square [no -d].

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    Thank you.

    So, how are we supposed to say it: My house measures 86 square metres?

    Thank you
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    Re: m big

    That's how we'd say it in the US, except we'd use "feet" of course.

    They just moved into a new 5,000-square-foot house.
    Wow! My own house is only 1600 square feet!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Cool Re: m big

    I'm not sure I understand what BobK wrote...

    Can we say :"My house is 86 square metres"?

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    Re: m big

    Yup - but you'd be more likely to use a different verb, 'measures' maybe. Alternatively, call it a 'decent-sized [or whatever - a vague description] house - about 86 square metres altogether'.

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