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Started March 22, 2012 - 04:06 PM


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The first floor versus the ground floor

Is there a difference between the first floor and the ground floor?

#2 Guest_maggie_* Replied March 23, 2012 - 09:23 AM

There sometimes can be a slight difference but it seems to be mostly based on culture. European countries say ground floor and it seems to only be applied to large buildings. When the ground floor is below street level, the next level up is the first floor. In the United States, ground floor and first floor appear to be interchangeable.

#3 dyebat Replied March 27, 2012 - 01:08 PM



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The ground floor is defined as the floor that is level with the ground or at least the floor closest to the level of the ground. In the United States the first floor means the same thing as the ground floor. However, the British use the term "first floor" to mean the floor directly above the ground floor. Other countries may adopt either definition, but the American usage seems to be more common.

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