Thank you. Is there any difference between piso and planta?


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12 June 2019

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Thank you. Is there any difference between piso and planta?

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Forming ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 10th...)"


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12 June 2019


When we say planta in this context we refer to the "level", i.e. ground floor, first floor, second floor,...This would be in Spanish: "la planta baja", "la primera planta", "la segunda planta",...

When we say piso  we refer to the "flat". For example:

Vivo en el segundo piso. (I live in the second flat [i.e. the flat that is on the second floor])

If you say this, this generally implies that on each floor there is only one flat, so it'd be the same as saying that you live on the second floor or the flat which is on the second floor.

This is how we use the word piso in Spain. Bear in mind that in Latin America the word piso can also mean "the floor of your house", for example: "Necesito barrer el piso" (I need to sweep the floor.)



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