Main Practice: Words for Buildings and Restoration
Revision: Present Perfect
abandoned - to leave a place or a person, i.e.
- The city was abandoned in the eighteenth century.
- He abandoned his wife and children and moved to another country.
a ruin / in ruins - the remains of a building that has been badly damaged or destroyed, i.e.
- The city was in ruins after the war.
- She bought a house in Italy. It was a ruin but she renovated it.
character - qualities of a person or thing. To say a building has 'character' suggests it has
qualities that make it interesting or attactive; often desribes old buildings
suggesting that in their long existence they have acquired a 'character', rather
like a person has a certain character, i.e.
- He bought a lovely old house with lots of character. Everything's original, nothing's been
preserve - to keep something in its original state or condition, i.e.
- The house has got lots of character; we hoping to preserve the original windows and
put in - (Phrasal Verb) to install something; put equipment in place ready for use, i.e.
- We're having new central heating put in this week.
- They've put in a new bathroom. It looks fabulous.
(to) restore - to return something to its original state, i.e.
- She's bought an old car, which she's going to restore.
- It took a lot of work, almost three years, but they restored the house; it looks beautiful now.
run-down (adj) - a) in a poor condition through neglect, lack of care
b) a person is unwell because of exhaustion, extreme tiredness
a) That area of town is very run-down.
b) He's run-down. He's been working 70-hour weeks and needs a very long rest.