I'm also British and would call it the ground floor.Originally posted by: otispunkmeyer
most elevators here are
G - 1 - 2 - 3 ......
i prefer to call it the first floor though since it is the first floor you come to when entering a building.
French Way = British way... I think it's the European way, they don't live on the ground floor.
What a load of rubbish answers you got... I love your storyline, I hope you managed to write your story. I am a Brit & I have experienced many confused Americans in the UK that don’t understand how to count floors of buildings. The first floor of a house is so obviously the first man made one above the ground & so on, but you knew that 😀. I wish I knew what the Canadian convention is, like the British system or the American. When you play a board game the 1st square will be the one after the start and so on through square 3,4 etc. Ground Floor in the UK is counted as Zero... why don’t the Americans do that? Rant over apart from saying I wish Americans would call their language American it is no longer English!The Americans (unlike the British) call the ground floor of their buildings as the first. Do the Canadians follow this practice too or do they follow the British system?
Please this is very important for a story I'm writing. The mods locked the first question I asked becaus it was illegal.
Though on that logic, shouldn't the "1" floor be the sub-basment, with numbers going up from there?Eh. American system makes more sense. Floors = stories. You have a 3 story building, floors are numbered 1,2,3. Easy. Ground is also... relative. I've been in numerous buildings where ground could be multiple stories due to being built on a slope. Ground just results in some really strange and inconsistent numbering. I'd be happy just replacing a floor number with what it represents- (L)obby, (M)ain, etc.