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    a/the parking lot for a visitor/visitors

    Situation: I want to invite a friend of mine to my apartment. My friend can visit me by car.

    In the above situation, are the following sentences okay?
    1. You can park your car in a parking lot for a visitor. (I feel that this sentence is okay if there is a visitor’s parking lot but my friend does not know about it.)
    2. You can park your car in the parking lot for a visitor.
    3. You can park your car in the parking lot for visitors. (I feel that 2. And 3. are okay if I want to denote that there is only one visitor’s parking lot.)

    I would like to hear native speakers’ opinion.
    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: a/the parking lot for a visitor/visitors

    Try one of these two:
    You can park in the visitors' lot.
    There is a visitors' lot you can park in.
    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.

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    Re: a/the parking lot for a visitor/visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Situation: I want to invite a friend of mine to my apartment. My friend can visit me by car.

    In the above situation, are the following sentences okay?
    1. You can park your car in a parking lot for a visitor. (I feel that this sentence is okay if there is a visitorís parking lot but my friend does not know about it.)
    2. You can park your car in the parking lot for a visitor.
    3. You can park your car in the parking lot for visitors. (I feel that 2. And 3. are okay if I want to denote that there is only one visitorís parking lot.)

    I would like to hear native speakersí opinion.
    Thank you in advance.
    I would use #3.

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    Re: a/the parking lot for a visitor/visitors

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Situation: I want to invite a friend of mine to my apartment. My friend can visit me by car.

    In the above situation, are the following sentences okay?
    1. You can park your car in a parking lot for a visitor. (I feel that this sentence is okay if there is a visitorís parking lot but my friend does not know about it.)
    2. You can park your car in the parking lot for a visitor.
    3. You can park your car in the parking lot for visitors. (I feel that 2. And 3. are okay if I want to denote that there is only one visitorís parking lot.)

    I would like to hear native speakersí opinion.
    Thank you in advance.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***Snappy, good afternoon. If you ever visit the United States, you will be amused to learn that Americans spell the parking lot in at least 4 different ways: (1) visitors' parking lot (probably the "correct" way according to the rules. (2) visitor's parking lot. (3) visitors parking lot. (4) visitor parking lot. (Of course, I'm not sure, but I think no. 3 and 4 are the most used. Americans, in general, avoid unnecessary apostrophes and unnecessary plurals.) Have a nice day.

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