I am looking for a word for "position" on gas station, or on car wash, when you can say "I have washed my car on 2nd --position--" or when you say on gas station "I have get fuel from 2nd --position--". I think "position" is not the best word.

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    For the gas station, you could say 2nd pump, and for the car wash, the 2nd bay. Do you need the same word for both situations? Feb 13, 2015 at 9:53
  • In my native language its the same word, but my target was car wash, self-sercice with jet operated specifically. Thank you then
    – vul6
    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:57

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The word used for identifying pump positions in a gas station

  • Pump. e.g., pump 1, pump 2, etc
  • Island. e.g., Front-Left island, Front-Middle island; island A, island B.

The word used in a car washing facility is lane. e.g., lane A, lane B.

The word lane is also used for

  • bowling alleys
  • toll collection gates
  • clarifies it all..+1 Feb 13, 2015 at 17:25

I used to work at a petrol station (so I know this one) (us Brits use 'petrol' instead of 'gas' which as the fuel is generally considered a liquid...) and we use 'pump 2' or 'pump number 2'. (we only had 1 car wash and that was pre-paid). Often the customer would come in and drop reference to 'pump' what-so-ever, and would just say '2', or 'number 2'.

  • Jon is right that Irish and Brits fill up at a petrol station, and always call gasoline 'petrol' and never 'gas'. The reason for the word "gas" in "gasoline" is another question: english.stackexchange.com/a/39779/36727
    – Qsigma
    Feb 13, 2015 at 18:01

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