How much does a house with four bedrooms sell for

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Redfield, Feb 11, 2019 at 8:56 PM.

  1. Redfield Member

    Let's say I want to buy a house and I ask about the price. Maybe the most simple question is

    What is the price of a house with four bedrooms? or How much does a house with a for bedrooms cost?

    But if I want to use the structure below; which of the sentences would be correct?

    1. How much does a house with four bedrooms sell for?
    2. How much is a house with four bedrooms sold for?
    3. What price should a house with four bedrooms be sold for?
  2. Uncle Jack

    Uncle Jack Senior Member

    Cumbria, UK
    British English
    House prices vary so much that "should" is quite inappropriate in this context, although the sentence would be fine if it were something else being sold.
    Sentence (1) is fine. I think sentence (2) only works for a bulk commodity: "How much is flour sold for?", but you could use a plural noun: "How much are houses with four bedrooms sold for?"
  3. Redfield Member

  4. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    In the US we might say "What does a four-bedroom house typically go for?"
  5. Redfield Member

    Oh! thanks for that. Is 'four-bedroom' and adjective in your sentence?, and why is it 'four-bedroom' and not 'four-bedrooms'?
  6. The Newt

    The Newt Senior Member

    USA / EEUU
    English - US
    It's an adjective, and we wouldn't use the plural (for that reason).
  7. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    The question is only meaningful if you say the town name. There are "average" prices, which are calculated for a town.

    But even that is misleading. In one neighborhood the average price is $250,000. In another neighborhood 2 miles away, the average price is $600,000. Both neighborhoods are in the same town.

    There are no laws saying "only poor people in this town" or "only rich people here". Often, the governments of rich (expensive) towns have "affordable housing" projects to create homes that low-income families can afford.

    Here "four-bedroom" is an adjective. In English, you don't make adjectives plural.
  8. Redfield Member


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