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    elevator/lift

    How many people are on the elevator?

    How many people are on the lift?

    Is there any grammatical error if one says lift instead of elevator?


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    Re: elevator/lift

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    How many people are on the elevator?

    How many people are on the lift?

    Is there any grammatical error if one says lift instead of elevator?
    Elevator is American English....Lift is British English.

    The words mean exactly the same thing in this context.

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    Re: elevator/lift

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    How many people are on the elevator?

    How many people are on the lift?

    Is there any grammatical error if one says lift instead of elevator?
    I think Americans use elevator, whereas British people use lift.


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    Re: elevator/lift

    How many people are on the escalator [moving staircase]


    How many people are in the elevator/lift [the two words are synonymous and both require "in"]

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    Re: elevator/lift

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    I think Americans use elevator, whereas British people use lift.
    Definitely, USA uses elevator and UK uses lift! Both will get you to the top floor!

    Cheers,
    Amigos4

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