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    #1

    drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    Which word is more natural?

    What are the drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points of this house? (The house is located too close to the motorway.)
    Last edited by englishhobby; 28-Mar-2015 at 12:35.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    I would refer to the drawbacks to the location of the house. In BrE, "drawback to something" is more natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    An if there are many drawbacks (disadvantages) about the house (not only its location, many other weak points), what is the proper way to ask this question?
    Will it be OK: What are the drawbacks of the house?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    If you're asking the estate agent (AE realtor) who's selling it, there won't be any. You have to discover them for yourself.

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    #5

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    I am just making an exercise for my students.
    And I need to write the question properly. (The text under study is a conversation between two people about good and bad points of the house.)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    I still find "drawbacks to" more natural in BrE.

    What are the drawbacks to this house?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    Thank you very much, Emsr2d2, I thought you wrote it only referring to the location, not the house itself. Now I see I was wrong. That's just what I need.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #8

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    In American English, you could also talk about the "downsides" of a particular house.
    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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    #9

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    That works really well in BrE too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: drawbacks/shortcomings/weak points

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    I am just making an exercise for my students.
    And I need to write the question properly. (The text under study is a conversation between two people about good and bad points of the house.)
    It would have been helpful if you had mentioned this in post #1.

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