storey and story - the difference


 
Story means narrative. Story also means 'level of a building' in the US. However, in the UK, 'level of a building' is written storey.
 

Story and Storey

In American English, the noun story means narrative or 'level of a building'. However, in British English, 'level of a building' is written 'storey'.

The plural of story is stories.  The plural of storey is storeys.

Examples:

Did you hear the story about the bungee jumper who died because he miscalculated the height of the each storey before diving off a building? 
(storey: )
(storey: In the US, there is no such word as storey.)

Beowulf is an epic traditional good-versus-evil story.  Beowulf battles three monsters throughout the story.

With 163 storeys, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world.
(storeys: )
(storeys: would be written 163 stories)
 
 
Select the correct version:



 
 

 
FIRST FLOOR OR GROUND FLOOR?

Americans call the ground-level floor of a building the first floor, but the British call it the 'ground floor'.  (The star on the lift buttons below indicates the ground-level floor.)


 

See also:

What are nouns?
List of easily confused words