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    Steps or Stairs

    I always thought that stairs referred to inside a building whilst steps where outside - any definite ideas or is it a choice?

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    Re: Steps or Stairs

    Quote Originally Posted by beerlady View Post
    I always thought that stairs referred to inside a building whilst steps where outside - any definite ideas or is it a choice?
    Hi, beerlady! Welcome to the forum!

    steps vs. stairs
    Stairs are (or a staircase is) a flight/flights of steps inside a buil­ding from one floor to the next. Outside a building we have to talk about steps.
    e.g. There is a majesticflight of steps outside the palace.
    e.g. Go through the hall, up the stairs and it's the first door on your right.
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    Re: Steps or Stairs

    Quote Originally Posted by beerlady View Post
    I always thought that stairs referred to inside a building whilst steps where outside - any definite ideas or is it a choice?
    stairs =a set of steps

    Steps can be lots of things that are not stairs: ladders or the way you put one foot in front of the other

    Stairs is the overall construction of a staircase and steps are what make up the staircase

    did my explanation help?

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