In what way does one refer to the land where you live?

Soseki

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Hello,

In what way does one refer to the land where you live?

As in a conversation with my neighbor.

A. Your land is spacious.
B. Your plot is spacious.
C. Your lot is spacious.
D. Your grounds are spacious.

Which one is acceptable?

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We do use space to describe area, but I tend to think of "spacious" as describing something with 3 dimensions: a spacious house, a spacious car, etc. Land is strictly two dimensional.

A. 'You have lots of land.' I might use that to describe a farm, but not a typical residential lot in a city.
B. This would not come up in a neighborly conversation, IMHO, unless you are talking about some subdivision of his residential lot: 'Your garden plot is sizeable.'.
C. 'You have a nice, big lot!' would be a very common thing to say in this situation.
D. This sounds like you're talking to some rich person about their large estate. 'Your grounds are extensive!'
 

Soseki

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C. 'You have a nice, big lot!' would be a very common thing to say in this situation.
Thank you very much, J&K Tutoring

Perhaps, the 'lot' in C. might be AE. How does one say it in BrE?
 

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We only use "lot" to describe, for example, the big expanse of concrete out the front of a car sales building, where all the cars sit. It's a "car lot" (not everyone calls it that though).

In the context you gave, without being able to see the "lot", I'd have to say "You have a huge/really big garden!" or "You have a lot of land!"
 
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