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three-storey building vs. three-floor building #1 (permalink) Thu May 28, 2009 14:32 pm   three-storey building vs. three-floor building
 

How 'British' is this construction: 'a three-storey building'?

I mean, would an American understand what this means? And what do Americans usually say instead -- 'a three-floor building' or 'a building with three floors/levels'?

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three-storey building vs. three-floor building #2 (permalink) Thu May 28, 2009 15:54 pm   three-storey building vs. three-floor building
 

Hi Torsten, "How 'British' is this construction: 'a three-storey building'?"

That's exactly what we say, but strangely enough we say, " I live on the first floor/ second floor " and so on.
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three-storey building vs. three-floor building #3 (permalink) Thu May 28, 2009 15:56 pm   three-storey building vs. three-floor building
 

I use story/stories (albeit without the 'e' spelling), and floors interchangeably. I tend to use 'levels' to describe only houses (multi-level house or a house with two levels).

I wouldn't consider '3 storey building' British at all, aside from the minor spelling variant. Even that, my dictionary lists as an alternative spelling, but doesn't list it as BrE, although my spell checker flags it. Any American would use and understand 3-story/3-floor building.
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three-storey building vs. three-floor building #4 (permalink) Thu May 28, 2009 16:57 pm   three-storey building vs. three-floor building
 

Simply another American idea of how English should be written. As if ............... :) :)
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