English Vocabulary Lesson About Buildings

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The elevator in my office was out of order, so I walked four flights up to get to work this morning. My office is on the fourth floor of a forty-story building. Happy English is in a classic Art-Deco building. The lobby has marble walls and a nice inlay in the floor. It’s got a vaulted ceiling as well.

Were you able to follow my little story? Today, let’s have a look at some of the English vocabulary we use when we talk about the floors of a building.

Flight is a noun. You’ve probably heard the word flight used to talk about air travel. However, we also use flight to count the floors of a building. Specifically, one flight means one set of steps from one floor of a building to the next floor, so we use flight when we talk about the distance between the ground and a certain floor:

  • My office is three flights up. It’s on the 4th floor.
  • I walked up two flights to reach the barber.

Floor refers to each level in a building:

  • There are 40 floors in my building.
  • I used to live on the 4th floor.

We also use story to talk about the floors on a building, and generally, story is used to talk about the height of a building:

  • I work in a forty-story building.
  • The Empire State building has 102 stories.

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