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What is a dwelling-room? Is it the living-room?

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Old November 17, 2009, 06:28 AM
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Never heard of that, and like you, the first thing that comes to mind is "living-room"
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Old November 17, 2009, 06:34 AM
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Dwelling room does not sound right to me, but you can say one room dwelling commonly called studio apartment in the United States.
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What is a dwelling-room? Is it the living-room?
Nunca lo he oído antes, pero esa parece la explicación más probable. ¿Puedes dar el contexto?
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i've heard that term as a little-used alternative to 'living room' - it may
have been in more common usage in times past.
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Old November 17, 2009, 07:50 AM
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This is from a novel, Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence. It seems that they used to spend long time in the kitchen, as if it were the living-room. Maybe this is an old-fashioned word :

The dwelling-room, the kitchen, was at the back of the house, facing inward between the blocks, looking at a scrubby back garden, and then at the ash-pits.
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Ah. Es probable que no tienen salón o que está reservado para visitas formales así que "living-room" no es adecuada.
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Estoy interesada en la definición en inglés, no en la traducción al español.
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This is from a novel, Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence. It seems that they used to spend long time in the kitchen, as if it were the living-room. Maybe this is an old-fashioned word :

The dwelling-room, the kitchen, was at the back of the house, facing inward between the blocks, looking at a scrubby back garden, and then at the ash-pits.
Well, in that sense it means the room they spent most of the time. They may have lived in a big house but this is the room they dwelled (or dwelt) in. Maybe like alojar. Vivían en una casa grande, pero se alojaron en la cocina.

PS Dwell upon means to obsess on something or to think about or worry about or to be fixated on. Example: Sometimes it's not good to dwell upon things that happened five years ago.
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This is from a novel, Sons and Lovers, by D. H. Lawrence. It seems that they used to spend long time in the kitchen, as if it were the living-room. Maybe this is an old-fashioned word :

The dwelling-room, the kitchen, was at the back of the house, facing inward between the blocks, looking at a scrubby back garden, and then at the ash-pits.
I have never heard the expression 'dwelling room', although must have read it, because I have read the book. I think one ought to be careful with D. H. Lawrence. One weird aspect of his writing was that he deliberately avoided all words which are not of Anglo-Saxon origin, and this results in a vocabulary which is unusual. He must have thought that 'dwell' was a nice Saxon word, and he was just trying, and failing, to be clever. Personally, I wouldn't recommend him to anybody reading English, I think he is dreadful.

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