What's the difference between
stairs and steps?

What's the difference between steps and stairs?

 

  • Stairs and steps are examples of similar words that we use in set different ways without even thinking about it.

  • We very rarely refer to stairs being outside and will, instead, say steps.
  • When we say stairs, we tend to be referring to inside sets of steps.

  • When we talk about steps, we tend to be talking about outside steps or just one or two individual steps inside.

  • We tend to talk about stairs in terms of flights - a whole set of stairs between one floor and the next. We don't talk about steps in the same way.

  • As indoors steps, stairs are often, but not always, carpeted. As steps are generally outside, they are not usually carpeted.

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