Hotels in courtyard houses

Discussion in 'English Only' started by newname, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. newname Senior Member

    Hi all,

    Could you explain how a hotel is in a house? It should be ‘ converted from ...houses’

    Thank you.
  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

    English - United States
    Please tell us where you found this sentence.
  3. newname Senior Member

    Sorry. It’s from ‘a woman’s murder in Peking and a literary feud’ on
  4. AnythingGoes Senior Member

    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    The buildings that now hold hotels were originally courtyard houses. I stay in London hotels in old townhouses on a crescent. They are no longer private homes but they can still be referred to by their original purpose.
  5. Minnesota Guy Senior Member

    American English - USA
    "House" here seems to mean simply a building, not a family dwelling.
  6. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    "Courtyard house" describes a style of building. "Hotel" describes the use of such a building today.
  7. newname Senior Member

    Then, why not say ‘ which used to be courtyard houses?’. The original sentence makes me think the hotels are inside the courtyard houses.

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