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    wooden floor.

    We ripped up the carpets and laid a new wooden floor.

    What does `ripped up' and `wooden floor' means in this sentence.

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    Re: wooden floor.

    'rip up' can be a phrasal verb: "He ripped up the cinema ticket" [= tore it into pieces], but in this case it's just the verb 'rip' with a preposition. The carpet was fixed to the floor (by nails/glue/staples/whatever) and he pulled it up, away from the floor, violently.

    A wooden floor is what it says - a floor made of wood: it is not beaten earth, or tiled, or concrete; it is wooden.

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    PS Here's a link: UK Floor Sales; Buy Wooden Flooring Online and delivered to your door..

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    Re: wooden floor.

    wooden floor-parquet

    parquet-a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials

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    Re: wooden floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    wooden floor-parquet
    parquet-a floor composed of short strips or blocks of wood forming a pattern, sometimes with inlays of other woods or other materials
    But there are many other kinds of wooden floor; and it's unusual to have a fitted carpet (one that is fixed down) on a parquet floor. A carpet would normally be fitted over floorboards: http://www.abbey-web.net/24111a.jpg .

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    Re: wooden floor.

    We ripped up the carpets and laid a new wooden floor.

    I was referring to the new wooden floor that they laid and not to the floor which was under the carpet. We don't really know what was under the carpets, do we?

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    Re: wooden floor.

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    ... We don't really know what was under the carpets, do we?
    No. But 50+ years' first-hand experience of English domestic architecture suggest it was floorboards.

    Except we don't know it was in the UK. You're right.

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    Re: wooden floor.

    Traditionally speaking, and I'm generalising of course, when someone rips out the carpeting and puts in a wood floor, they're referring to a hardwood floor.

    (Me, I prefer carpeting, but for some reason hardwood floors are considered to be more posh.)

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