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    #1

    stay on/at the second floor ?

    What's correct : "He stays at/on the second floor." ?

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    #2

    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    both okay

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    #3

    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    'He stays on the second floor.'

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    #4

    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    "stay on the * floor" - Google keresÚs

    "on" gets 46.7 million

    "stay at the * floor" - Google keresÚs

    "at" gets 69.0 million

    46 on, 69 at

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    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by corum View Post
    "stay on the * floor" - Google keresÚs

    "on" gets 46.7 million

    "stay at the * floor" - Google keresÚs

    "at" gets 69.0 million

    46 on, 69 at
    "On the X floor" is correct. Google results should not be taken as proof of correct English usage. (or of any other language for that matter).

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    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    Google results should not be taken as proof of correct English usage.
    There must be some reason why "at" gets millions of hits, and why almost twice as many as "on".
    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.

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    Re: stay on/at the second 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 16:02. Reason: blunder corrected

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    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA), a rather more relevant source than google for our purposes, gives 881 citations for 'at the second floor' and 17 for 'on the second floor'.
    Thanks. Agreed, but when millions of hits come up, I begin to trust google.

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    #9

    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    hi,
    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.

    UK:
    "stay on the first|second|third|th floor" About 1,390,000 results
    "stay at the first|second|third|th floor" 10 results

    USA:
    "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.

    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 14-Jan-2011 at 12:53.

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    #10

    Re: stay on/at the second floor ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randombubbles View Post
    when millions of hits come up, I begin to trust google.
    I've just got 275 million hits for 'I ain't', so that must be correct, then!

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