first floor vs ground floor : Common Errors in English

About first floor vs ground floor

In the US, the first floor of a building is also the ground floor; but in Europe the first floor is the floor above the ground floor, and the second floor is the one above that. This is important information for novice American travelers trying to find their hotel rooms.

first floor Meaning(s)

  • (n) the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building

ground floor Meaning(s)

  • (n) the floor of a building that is at or nearest to the level of the ground around the building
  • (n) becoming part of a venture at the beginning (regarded as position of advantage)

first floor in News

  1. A new home for art at First Floor Gallery

    By Geri Corey GOSHEN — Thanks to Cornerstone Arts Alliance, Goshen now has its own art gallery. The dedication of the First Floor Art Gallery took place on Friday, May 31.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Goshen Chronicle

  2. 1 seriously injured in South Side fire

    Firefighters rescued three residents from the second floor of a West Pullman neighborhood home Thursday morning when their escape was blocked by fire on the home’s first floor, Fire Media Affairs said. Two residents were hospitalized in good condition. Three people were displaced. The fire, which began about 5:30 a.m. in the first floor of a two-story frame home at 20 E. 117th St., is considered ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  3. LOOKING BACK – Issue of June 15, 1988

    Bailey Auto Supply on the first floor, with apartments on the upper floors. Stultz Auto Supply occupied the building next to it. Roger LeClerc’s Shell Station (later Exxon) can also be seen.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: American Journal

ground floor in News

  1. Staten Island's 'Storefront Stroll' event slated for next two Saturdays in June

    "This is a perfect opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a major commercial revitalization in progress," says a Northfield LDC manager.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Staten Island Advance

  2. Tavern64 opens in Reston, serving simple, regional fare

    Recalling the tradition of early American taverns that set the standard for this country’s hospitality industry, Tavern64 Regional Kitchen opened this week on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Reston, at the corner of Market and Presidents streets.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Fairfax County Times

  3. New rope technology to double elevator travel heights in today’s tallest skyscrapers

    Going from the ground floor to roof in a matter of seconds already plays tricks with our stomachs, but this new rope technology by KONE can enable elevators to travel at twice the distance of what's currently possible.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Digital Trends

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