I'm confused after hearing the rule Article 'the' is omitted before 'floor'.
Therefore it's not 'on the second floor', but 'on second floor'.
As far as I know, the is necessary before all ordinal numbers.
Help me out with the right answer. Thanks~
Last edited by finwing; 28-Jun-2012 at 17:50.
We do use on the second floor.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
Thanks for correcting(I edited that)
With your replies, now I know I wasn't wrong.
And in speaking, is 'on second floor' commonly used as well?
Since all the native(all American) E speakers around me answered without 'the' is right, I hope to get more explanation.
Sorry for keeping bothering you, but I'm begging, please.
Last edited by finwing; 28-Jun-2012 at 17:56.
I have an apartment on the second floor.
I have a second-floor apartment.
The second floor is above the first floor and under the third floor.
I need an elevator which takes me to the eighteenth floor.
Third-floor apartments are much nicer than second-floor apartments.
The second-floor apartment where I used to live is now owned by Barack Obama.
As you can see from my sentences above, when "second floor" is used as a noun, it requires the article. I cannot come up with an example where the article can be omitted. When "second-floor" is used as an adjective before a noun, then the definite article is not absolute necessary. It depends on context.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
It's a second-floor flat = it's one of a number of flats on the floor