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    #1

    Site VS Place

    Hi,
    What's the actual difference between site and place?

    For what I know, place usually refers to a geographic location, but then again, isn't that also the case of site?

    For example, if we're talking about deliveries, can I use:
    "delivery place" as well as "delivery site" to refer to the destination?

    From where I'm standing, site refers to the building, warehouse, garage, etc where the delivery is...well, delivered, and the place means the city or the street. Am I wrong?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Site VS Place

    Generally, 'place' is much more generic, widely-used, more widely applicable.
    Most sites are places, but not vice versa. You wouldn't substitute 'site' in the following:
    "This is the place on the desk where I put my coffee cup."
    "I can't find my watch, but it must be in some place or another."

    A site, as in "building site" is generally a circumscribed area where some specific activity takes place or has happened:
    a crash site, a crime site, a bulding site, a delivery site. Even though they are called 'sites', they are all places as well. The site where you deliver something is no different from the place where you deliver it - because of the wider meaning of place. Yes, you can call the area of the street a place, the suburb is a place, etc. Anywhere is a place.

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    #3

    Re: Site VS Place

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    a crime site
    Is it only investigators that call that "crime scence", or is it something more genreally used by the general public? I can't imagine the famous TV series being called "Crime Site Investigation" .
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Site VS Place

    'Crime scene' is probably more common, but 'crime place' is unlikely.

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