I've read once about "x stories" .. Want to know if there is any difference between stories and floors.
Or they are just alias for each other used in different variations of English language?
The terms are different even though they can be interchangeably used a lot.
Floor is where you get off or live. Story is a measurement of height.
You would say:
- I live on the 10th floor.
- That building is 30 stories high.
You would not say:
- I live on the 10th story.
- That building is 30 floors high.
An example of this is that a lot of buildings do not have a 13th floor. So the person on the 14th floor would be 13 stories high. Also if you had a building with penthouses that were 4 stories high and you were on the 4th floor of the penthouse on the 20th floor of the building, you might be 83 stories high.
This is just the context I've heard the terms used in the UK. Stories is the total number of distinct above earth floors a building has. If you refer to an individual level it starts at the ground floor, then 1st floor, 2nd etc. In the US the UK ground floor is the 1st floor. I haven't heard a UK 1st floor referred to as the 2nd story.
In the context you are asking about, storey (UK etc.) and story (US) are both equivalent in meaning to floor. Floor is freely used alongside storey — I have no reason to believe that the use of either term is geographically restricted. (Incidentally, as a rule of thumb, one storey is about ten feet or three metres — see the relevant Wikipedia page for a more detailed discussion of the term.)
I believe there is a slight difference. I believe a floor is a floor and a story is the occupied space above the floor. In many cases the difference between a floor and a roof is defined by the lack or presence of an occupied space above. Start with the simplest example with a floor at grade and a roof overhead. Most would consider this a single story structure without the need for a naming convention for the floor on grade. Add an elevated floor and you have a two story.
NOOOOO! There is a clear difference!
Take a building that has four levels, including the ground/earth level. It has four stories but three floors. This is because the ground floor does not count as a floor. The floor above is 1st floor, second floor, third floor + the ground floor = three floors, yet four stories.
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