Do British have basements?

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What do Brits call a basement?

In British English the floor of a building at street level is called the ground floor. The floor above it is the first floor and the floor below is called the basement. In American English, however, the floor at street level is usually called the first floor.

Why do Brits say floor instead of ground?

“Floor” was an archaic word for “ground” centuries ago. And according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “floor” has been used in the game of cricket to refer to the ground (but this must be an uncommon usage, since it doesn’t currently appear in any standard British dictionaries).

What is the biggest basement in the world?

A popular solution around the world where space is limited, the cost of construction usually limits underground car parks to around four or five stories deep. However, Sydney Opera House’s car park extends 12 storeys into the earth. At 120 feet (or 37 metres) this is considered the deepest basement in the world.

What’s an iceberg basement?

Iceberg homes are houses with big, hidden basements that may be significantly larger than the house that appears on the surface. These basements can be as many as four storeys deep – huge subterranean bunkers often containing luxury add-ons such as swimming pools, spas, gyms, bowling alleys and cinemas.

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What is the American English word for lift?

British vs American Vocabulary

British English ↕ American English ↕
lift elevator
lorry truck, semi, tractor
mad crazy, insane
main road highway

What is apartment in British English?

In British English, a flat is a set of rooms for living in, usually on one floor of a large building. … In American English, a set of rooms like this is usually called an apartment. This word is also used instead of flat in British English to give an impression of luxury.