book

 

 

Learn English  
 

Blue Level

 
 

Red Level

 
 

Yellow Level

 
 

Green Level

 
 

Purple Level

 
 

Orange Level

 
 

Violet Level

 
 

Video Lessons

 
 

Links

 
 

American Speech

 
 

Chat

 
 

How to Learn

 
 

Vocabulary

 
 

U.S. Citizenship

 
 

Reading

 

 

 

 


 


house

 

The word "house" can be a noun or a verb, and it's often used in forming compound words (two words joined together to form one word).

house

  • Valerie and Pat live in a three-bedroom house.
  • The house has two and a half bathrooms.*
  • The house sits on a quarter-acre lot.

When the word "house" is used as a verb, the sound of the "s" changes to a "z" sound: house. (s = /z/) To house means to provide a place to live.

  • The apartment building houses four families.
  • The prison houses over a thousand inmates.
  • The cage that houses the tigers needs to be cleaned today.

The word "housing" refers to the arrangements available for living in a place. This popular noun can describe a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a tent, etc.

  • Affordable housing is becoming an important issue in this area.
  • Subsidized housing is available through the government for people who need temporary help.
  • What are the housing choices like in the area where you live?
  • People needed safe housing following the earthquake.

You'll often hear the word "house" in combination with other words to form compound words (two words joined together):

  • The housekeeper cleaned the house.
  • The housekeeping department of the hotel is hiring new workers.
  • People down the street are having a housewarming party. (a party for new occupants of a house or apartment)
  • There are seven people in their household. (the group of people who live in a place)
  • Christine doesn't like to be called a housewife.
  • Houseplants provide fresh oxygen to your home.
  • Do you have your housekey?

*Note: When describing a house, it's common to use the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the description. A full bathroom has a toilet, a sink, and a bathtub with a shower. A three-quarter bathroom has a toilet, a sink, and a shower; a half bathroom consists of a toilet and a sink.

Click here to learn more words.

 

Published on January 8, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 Learn American English Online. All rights reserved.