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ground floor

In most apartments is the ground floor the first floor (third floor is third)or is it ground floor (third floor is really the 4th)..

Le Bugue, France
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1. Re: ground floor

Well...the French terminology is rez de chaussée for the ground floor, première étage is second floor, and so on. If you're reading explanations in English, it could be anybody's guess, but I would guess "ground floor" would mean the same thing it does in English.

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In Europe the 1st floor is the equivalent of the American 2nd floor.

Saratoga Springs, NY
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Just remember the floor number is how many stair cases you must climb. 1st floor = 1 staircase. Third floor is three sets of stairs :-)

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4. Re: ground floor

The French use the same system as Australia. So the Floor is the same as the number of stair cases you need to climb. Ground floor is on the ground so no stairs - first floor is up one flight of stairs just like it is here in Australia.

Unfortunately there is a different system in North America and so if you are looking at an American website then they will probably use the American system which calls the ground floor the first floor and the floor which is up one flight of stairs the second floor.

You may also have problems with a French website which markets primarily to Americans and so uses their system when they convert to English.

It's all very confusing. Your best bet is to ask specifically how many flights of stairs are involved and not get into 1st or 2nd floor terminology as it is hard to know which system they are using.

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5. Re: ground floor

And of course, in older buildings with high ceilings a flight of stairs is actually 2 flights with a landing in between (in my building in Vancouver-- with its 8ft ceilings-- we have 2 steps then a landing then a flight...or vice versa-- as there was not enough room for a single flight)

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