I thought you could say something like this:

We were having dinner in our three-people apartment.

(We are the three people who live in the apartment.)

But Google doesn't yield results for three-people apartment.

What's the correct way of saying it?

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    Three-person apartment? We don't usually pluralize the noun in compound adjectives. – Teacher KSHuang Feb 14 '17 at 10:41
  • And I probably would've used "'in' our three-person apartment," if I had only been intending to indicate the location of our dinner. – Teacher KSHuang Feb 14 '17 at 12:03

I'm going to summarize the answers given so far.

The more important point: in English, We don't usually pluralize the noun in compound adjectives. So

Less important, in most English-speaking countries, housing units are characterized by the number of bedrooms they have: it's a three-bedroom apartment, a four-bedroom house. How many people you put in each bedroom is up to you.

Auditoriums and vehicles of land and air are characterized by the number of seats they have -- a two-seat sports-car, a 100-seat jet, a thousand-seat theater -- even though you can only put one person in a seat.

Only tasks, small watercraft, and for some reason tents are characterized by the number of people they hold: a one-person job, a three-man canoe, a two-person pup-tent.


You can say "We were having dinner at our apartment. We live there on a triple sharing basis" or "We were having dinner at our triple room in the apartment".

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    Neither "triple sharing basis" or "triple room" is something that this US English speaker would understand. – stangdon Feb 14 '17 at 13:11
  • This BritEnglish thinks "having dinner at our triple room" means the three of you share a bedroom and were eating your dinner there. Watch out for the crumbs! – Nigel Touch Mar 22 '17 at 19:57

The three of us are having a dinner party at our apartment.

"Three-person" might be correct, but I would not expect to hear this as an expression in normal conversation. "Three-person IVF" is the only time I've ever heard it used.

In NAm, we say things like, "Our apartment is a 3-bed(room), 2 bath."

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