Hotels in courtyard houses

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

  1. newname Senior Member

    Vietnamese
    Hi all,

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

    Thank you.
     
  2. Florentia52

    Florentia52 Modwoman in the attic

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

    Vietnamese
    Sorry. It’s from ‘a woman’s murder in Peking and a literary feud’ on bbc.co.uk
     
  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

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

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