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    attic vs. garret

    Hello!
    Could you please tell me which word is more preferrable in the U.S.: "attic" or "garret"? Or, maybe these two have different meanings at all?

    Thanx in advance

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    Re: attic vs. garret

    I dont know about Am English, but Br Eng mostly uses the word 'attic'. (I think 'garret' may have a specialized architectural meaning; have a search.) The word chiefly exists in the fixed phrase 'lonely garret' (often inhabited by novelist and poets, especially ones who haven't found a publisher yet!)

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    Re: attic vs. garret

    Thanx for your opinion.
    In my case, I need to translate the word denoting the premices beneath the roof in an industrial building. So, what do you say?

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    Re: attic vs. garret

    If it were in a residential house it would be 'attic'. But as most industrial buildings don't have sloping rooveFs (a typical characteristic of an attic), I'd just say 'top floor'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 28-Jul-2010 at 10:56. Reason: Fix spelling mistake

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    #5

    Re: attic vs. garret

    If an industrial building did have a sloping roof with little-used space above the ceiling of the top floor I'd call it the roof-space.

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    Re: attic vs. garret

    Thanx to each and everyone! That was of great help to me.

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    #7

    Re: attic vs. garret

    I've fixed a spelling mistake I made in https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...tml#post628839 . The plural wasn't given in my Concise Oxford English Dictionary, but I found it in my trusty Cobuild!

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    Re: attic vs. garret

    I wondered why it was rooves rather than roofs. Now it's clear.

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    #9

    Re: attic vs. garret

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    I wondered why it was rooves rather than roofs. Now it's clear.
    I thought (at first) that the plural of "roof" was like the plural of "hoof" (which is "hooves"). It's not just students who have trouble with this stuff!

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