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    Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    Hello,
    I read a sentence in a piece of news.
    "Most of the elevators automatically halted at the nearest floor and opened their doors, but 14 were stranded between stories."
    I wonder if I can also say this:
    Most of the elevators automatically halted at the nearest story and opened their doors, but 14 were stranded between floors.
    I have such doubt because I somehow feel "between floors" sounds not grammatically appropriate.
    Do I think too much?

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    #2

    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    I would use floors in both cases.

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    #3

    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    Note to those who might be confused:

    AE story/stories
    BE storey/storeys

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    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    A floor is a fixed level/point along the route of an elevator or lift.
    A storey is the entire space on a particular floor.
    So it is more specific to refer to the floor rather than the storey at which the lift stops.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    They are interchangeable to me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    I don't think I have ever taken an elevator to a "story."

    I might talk about a 20-story building, but I would take the elevator to the 20th floor.

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    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    Thank you all. Your replies clear up my doubt.

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    Re: Is the word "story" not interchangeable with "floor" in this case?

    You're welcome, but there is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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