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American English (Building layout)

American English and British English differ in how they describe the floor levels of buildings, a distinction that often causes confusion in each other's countries.

Different Meanings

Location American English British English
bottom floor at ground level first floor ground floor
One floor above ground level Second floor first floor
two floors above ground level Third floor Second floor

Put simply -

  • American English floor number minus 1 = British english name
  • British English floor number plus 1 = American english name



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