The translation for "C'est deux anciennes maison..." is "There are two old houses."
According to the lesson "ancien=former/old," when "ancien" comes before the noun, it means "former."
Is there a situation when "ancien" comes before the noun, and it means "old"?
Reading B2, Listening or Seeing B2
As Gabrielle says, these two companies ( maisons) Despinoy and Afchain are old in the sense of established a long time ago.
I think that this would mean sort of "extant," or eg "formerly established" which is why it comes before.
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