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I moved to another apartment. Could I say "the old apartment" to refer to the apartment I just lived in? Or "the former" apartment? Thank you.
 

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I moved to another apartment. Could I say "the old apartment" to refer to the apartment I just lived in? Or "the former" apartment? Thank you.
You can use both former and old in BrE.
 

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"The former" would be better.
Although "the old" is correct, it means it is not new or modern.
 

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I am not sure, but I think there is something wrong with " I just lived in" . Could you rephrase your question?
 

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"The former" would be better.
Although "the old" is correct, it means it is not new or modern.

To be honest, we use "old" quite a bit more than we use "former" in informal speech. Most native speakers have no difficulty determining the meaning of "old" based on the context. For instance:
"I ran into my old boyfriend at Barnes and Noble, yesterday."
We know you mean your ex-boyfriend and not your 90 year old boyfriend.
 

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I am not sure, but I think there is something wrong with " I just lived in" . Could you rephrase your question?

It didn't jump out at me when I read it initially, but the more I read it, the more I feel it should be "the apartment I just moved out of".
 
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