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    balcony & terrace

    Hi, dear English natives

    All rooms have a balcony or terrace.

    Could you tell me what the difference is between balcony and terrace?

    I have googled them already and seen their pictures but I still cannot see the difference.


    Thank you very much indeed.
    Happy Chinese New Year.

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    Re: balcony & terrace

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Could you tell me what the difference is between balcony and terrace?

    I have googled them already and seen their pictures but I still cannot see the difference.
    I thought I knew the difference until I tried googling. Answers from various sites, including one from an architect and some from English language forums simply convinced me that there is no 'right' answer.

    It seems to me that if it is has something solid beneath it, either the ground or a room, then it cannot be a balcony. Apart from that, there seems to be little agreement on what something may be called.

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    Re: balcony & terrace

    In general use, a terrace would be a space on the ground normally extending out from a door or set of doors, which is now frequently called a patio.
    A balcony is regarded as a projection from a building at first floor level and above, not on the ground.

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