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What's correct : "He stays at/on the second floor." ?
'He stays on the second floor.'
There must be some reason why "at" gets millions of hits, and why almost twice as many as "on".Google results should not be taken as proof of correct English usage.
I think in the right context "at" is possible.
- Where are you?
- I am at the 2nd floor and it takes more time till I can join you at he 100th floor.
Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), a rather more relevant source than google for our purposes, gives 881 citations for 'on the second floor' and 17 for 'at' the second floor'.
Last edited by 5jj; 14-Jan-2011 at 15:02. Reason: blunder corrected
Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;
I did a bit more refine searches I searched the phrases : "stay on the first|second|third|th floor"
and "stay at the first|second|third|th floor" for UK and USA.
"stay on the first|second|third|th floor" About 1,390,000 results
"stay at the first|second|third|th floor" 10 results
"stay on the first|second|third|th floor" About 3,510,000 results
"stay at the first|second|third|th floor" About 8,860,000 results
I believe that COCAC and BNC search would give similar results.
Last edited by Jaskin; 14-Jan-2011 at 11:53.