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    #1

    Radiogram or anything else?

    Is the use of the word 'radiogram' the only thing about this text which makes it old-fashioned?

    Letís have a look at this picture of our sitting-room. As you come into the room you notice a piano with a low music-stool in front of it. Next to the piano there is a tall bookcase standing against the wall. On the left is a large window. Under the window thereís a radiator, but you canít see it because itís behind the settee. On the settee there are two cushions. The fireplace is at the other end of the room. On each side of the fireplace thereís an armchair. An old lady is sitting in one of the chairs, but nobodyís sitting in the other one: itís empty.

    In the centre of the mantelpiece thereís a clock and above it an oval mirror. On the right you can see a standard lamp. Opposite the fireplace you can see a small table with an ash-tray and some newspapers on it. By the table there is a small chair. On the extreme right thereís a radiogram.* The floor is covered with a beautiful thick carpet. An electric light is hanging from the middle of the ceiling. At night when it gets dark we switch on the light and draw the curtains. During the day, the light comes in through the window.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    The whole thing is a description of an old-fashioned room but I would say the only explicit indicators are "radiogram" and "electric light".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    Is the expression "on the extreme right" O.K.?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    It's OK. I would probably use "On the far right wall" or "In the far right corner" or something similar.
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    #5

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    And what does "on the extreme right:" or "in the far right corner" mean? Somehow it's not obvious for me...
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #6

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    I am not a teacher.

    On the extreme right/far right just means that there is nothing else in the picture that is further to the right.

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    #7

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The whole thing is a description of an old-fashioned room but I would say the only explicit indicators are "radiogram" and "electric light".
    Ashtrays are getting rarer except in smokers' houses, and I don't hear the term standard lamp used much now.

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    #8

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    If there was an ashtray in the room, I would assume the house owner was a smoker.
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    #9

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    'Mantelpiece' sounds dated to me.

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    #10

    Re: Radiogram or anything else?

    And I only see pianos in houses belonging to fairly well-off people who like music- the days of the piano as a standard part of the furniture have gone. There's no TV mentioned either.

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