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    Doesn't it have to be "water main"? Or are the two interchangeable?

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    M:Then how about staying at my younger sisterís apartment? Itís near my apartment. She has gone on
    winter vacation. If you come here, Iíll give you her apartment key.
    W:Thank you so much, but shouldnít I ask for her permission?
    M:Itís okay. She wonít care since she knows you so well. Oh, donít forget to turn off the main water when you leave.
    W:Okay. Youíre my savior.

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    Default Re: main water

    No. Water main refers to a pipe and the valve which controls water flow. Main water, by itself, makes no sense.

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    I know what they're talking about in this exercise. Most houses (and I'm assuming apartments as well) have a main water pipe with a valve that can be shut off. I'm not a plumber, so I don't know if this can be called a water main, though technically a water main is simply "the principal pipe in a water distributing system of pipes".

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    Default Re: main water

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Doesn't it have to be "water main"? Or are the two interchangeable?

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    M:Then how about staying at my younger sister’s apartment? It’s near my apartment. She has gone on
    winter vacation. If you come here, I’ll give you her apartment key.
    W:Thank you so much, but shouldn’t I ask for her permission?
    M:It’s okay. She won’t care since she knows you so well. Oh, don’t forget to turn off the main water when you leave.
    W:Okay. You’re my savior.
    You can call it 'mains water', at least in AusE, not 'main water'. Mains water is water from the main city water supply, as opposed to from your own water tank, or elsewhere. You can also have mains gas and mains electricity.

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