Storey or Story?

by Craig Shrives

The Difference between "Storey" and "Story"

"Storey" and "story" are easy to confuse if you're following UK writing conventions because "story" and "storey" have different meanings. In the US, "storey" is not a word.
  • "Story" means "narrative" or "tale." For example:
    • Tell me a bedtime story.
    • ("Story" is used in this meaning in the US and the UK.)
  • "Story" means "the level of a building" in the US. For example:
    • A five-story building
  • "Storey" means "the level of a building" in the UK. For example:
    • A five-storey building
story or storey?

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The Plural of "Story" and "Storey"

The plural of "story" is "stories." For example:
  • She tells good stories. ( and )
  • With 163 stories, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. () ()
The plural of "storey" is "storeys." For example:
  • With 163 storeys, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. () ()
  • ("Storeys" is only correct for Brits. Americans would write "163 stories.")

More Examples with "Story" and "Storey"

Here are two more examples to show the difference between "story" and "storey":
  • Beowulf is an epic traditional good-versus-evil story. Beowulf battles three monsters throughout the story. ( and )
  • (Both Brits and Americans use "story" to mean "narrative" or "tale.")
  • I heard a story about the bungee jumper who died because he miscalculated the height of the each storey before diving off a building. () ()
  • (In this example, the word "story" is correct for Americans and Brits. However, the word "storey" is only correct for Brits. In the US, there is no such word as "storey.")
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See Also

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