Can we say: "My house is 86m² 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."
Last edited by BobK; 24-Jan-2011 at 15:43.
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.
I'm not sure I understand what BobK wrote...
Can we say :"My house is 86 square metres"?
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'.