3.4.1 Describing characteristics
The following expressions are useful when you are describing something.
There is a large open-plan reception area.
There are 55 parking spaces.
The site has 1,000 m2 of storage space.
All the offices have outside windows.
Note that in spoken language has/have would probably be replaced by has/have got.
All the offices have got outside windows.
They've got a plant in Brazil.
The site has got 1,000 m2 of storage space.
The company's got a new managing director.
The sports centre comprises a swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna.
Suitable for [+ -ing]
The factory is suitable for conversion to offices.
The offices are suitable for holding conferences.
Unsuitable/not suitable for [+ -ing]
Stephen is unsuitable/not suitable for promotion to the management team.
The factory is unsuitable for manufacturing food.
Note how the following words and phrases are used to describe location.
With easy access to the motorway system. The shuttle bus gives access to the warehouses.
The site is located 10 km from Lille.
We are located on the M54 motorway.
The offices are situated in the centre of Kiev.
Reloc send their clients a list of available sites every month. You have been asked to check this information, which was written by a French trainee, about a site near Lille in Northern France. In each sentence there is one error for you to correct.
The errors are corrected in bold type below.
The conversation begins as follows:
MOIRA Hello. It's Moira here. I wanted to ask you some questions about that new site in France. Have you got a minute?
MOIRA First of all, where is it?
These are the other questions that Moira asks:
Has it got access to the motorways?
Has it got car parking?
How far is it from Lille?
Is it suitable for a company with a lot of IT equipment?
How big is the office space?
Is there any space for storage?
Have the offices got space for meetings?
How many floors are there?
How many offices are there?
Model answers to this activity are given in the audio clip.