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Confusing Words > apartment and flat
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APARTMENT - a room or suite of rooms designed as a residence and generally located in a building occupied by more than one household


Apartments may be owned by an owner or rented by tenants.

When there is no tenant occupying an apartment, the apartment owner or landlord is said to have a vacancy.

Large apartments often have two entrances, perhaps a door in the front and another in the back.

An apartment consisting of the top floor of a high apartment building can be called a penthouse.


FLAT – an apartment on one floor of a building


We live in a small flat.

The term apartment is favoured in North America, whereas the term flat is commonly, but not exclusively, used in the United Kingdom. In American English a flat is often used to mean “a flat tyre” or a puncture.

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