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fifth floor and floor five Options
robjen
Posted: Tuesday, December 05, 2017 9:19:23 PM
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(1) This is the fifth floor.

(2) This is floor five.

I am sure (1) is correct. Is (2) correct or not? Thanks a lot.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 12:20:22 AM

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You're right - the first one is always right (it means different things to different people, but it is correct).

In my opinion, the second is only correct in buildings which have the floors actually numbered.
For example a hotel in which rooms 1 - 12 are on the ground floor; rooms 101 - 115 are on Floor 1; rooms 201 - 208 are on Floor 2; rooms 501 - 515 are on Floor 5; and so on.


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Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 2:33:09 AM

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There is also a difference between how floors in buildings are commonly numbered between BrE and AmE.

In Britian we have the Ground floor, then 1st Floor, 2nd Floor etc. so the called the 5th Floor would actually be the 6th floor if you counted them.

In American English the lowest floor is the 1st Floor then the 2nd Floor etc. the 5th Floor would be the 5th floor.

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