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    Hello!

    I sometimes have problems understanding the difference between space, room and place.

    Can we say interchangeably: it's hard to find some place/space/room to park.

    Can we also say "it's hard to find a place to park"?

    Cheers
    W

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    Re: place

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    I sometimes have problems understanding the difference between space, room and place.

    Can we say interchangeably: it's hard to find some place/space/room to park.

    Can we also say "it's hard to find a place to park"?

    Cheers
    W
    I searched it on the google. And as I understood:

    1- "a place to park" most of the times means a parking, some building.
    2- "a room to park" refers to a real room, something like a garage. (not the room as space)
    3- "a space to park" is what you find in the corner of a street or in any other place.

    But I think you can say:"There isn't much room in the yard to park a car." Probabely it's different from "find a room to park"
    This example is mine but you can find some interesting examples in Meriam-Webster dictionary for room and space.

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    Re: place

    I'd use a place in a car park and a space in between cars in the street.

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    Re: place

    Quote Originally Posted by Khosro View Post
    I searched it on the google. And as I understood:

    1- "a place to park" most of the times means a parking, some building.
    2- "a room to park" refers to a real room, something like a garage. (not the room as space)
    3- "a space to park" is what you find in the corner of a street or in any other place.

    But I think you can say:"There isn't much room in the yard to park a car." Probabely it's different from "find a room to park"
    This example is mine but you can find some interesting examples in Meriam-Webster dictionary for room and space.
    "A room to park" is unidiomatic---it's "room to park", as in the correct example about the yard.

    "It's hard to find a place to park" is the normal way of saying that here. The other choices work, but watch the exact wording:
    It's hard to find someplace to park.
    It's hard to find a parking space.
    It's hard to find a place to park.
    It's hard to find room to park.

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