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storey and story - the difference

The Quick Answer
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)
Quick Test
 
 
Beware

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.)