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    basement first floor/second floor

    Can we say "he is on the basement first floor/second floor"?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Can we say "he is on the basement first floor/second floor"?
    You could say "he is in the basement" or "He is on the lower ground floor". The other two are fine.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    In Taiwan, a department store or hospital may have three or even four floors in the basement. So I'd like to know if it is acceptable to say "on the basement 1st/2nd/3rd/4th floor." Or should I say "on the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th floor of the basement"?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    In Taiwan, a department store or hospital may have three or even four floors in the basement. So I'd like to know if it is acceptable to say "on the basement 1st/2nd/3rd/4th floor." Or should I say "on the 1st/2nd/3rd/4th floor of the basement"?
    Sorry, I misunderstood. I'm afraid I have no experience of buildings like that and I don't know the terminology.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    I have only been inside one building that had more than one floor below street level and they choose to name them "U1", "U2" and "U3". I assume "U" stands for "Underground".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    It might be "B1" and B2" for sub-basements here. We have lots of hills here. Where I went to college, there were several buildings that were built into the side of hills. One had floors 1, 2, and 3 above ground (as entered from the main area, "1" was the ground floor as Americans reckon things) and basements A, B, C and D descending.

    An adjacent building dispensed with those conventions and simply had floors 1-8. Where you entered from the main campus area was floor 5.

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    Multiple basement levels are common in big American cities. If they are devoted to parking, as they often are, they are usually referred to as P1, P2 etc. with P1 being the highest level. If they are devoted to other purposes they are usually referred to as B1, B2 etc. In Toronto, where I live, when there were only two basement levels we sometimes used to use B and SB (sub-basement). All of the foregoing are used on signage and in speech. If you want to refer to these levels in writing you will have to construct phrases such as "the third subterranean level" or "the second underground floor."

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    I once went to a university which had minus numbers for below ground floors in some buildings.
    The room allocation for tutorials went something like this:
    EN101 - 2.4
    EL200 - -1.3
    IT300 - 1.2
    The third of the class that showed up at Room 1.3 for EL200 were later told that we should have asked someone if we couldn't find Room -1.3 - completely missing the point that if any of us had been familiar with such a bizarre concept, we wouldn't have had to ask!

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    Re: basement first floor/second floor

    You could use first basement, second basement, etc.

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