Confused Words | Story and Storey

Easily confused words - story and storey

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The words story and storey may be confusing. Story means narrative or a fictitious tale. In American English story also means a floor or level of a building . However, in Australian, British, Canadian and Indian English, the word meaning a floor or level of a building is spelt storey. The plurals of story and storey are stories and storeys, respectively.

Story or storey?


The word story is a noun . It means a narrative, a fictitious or real account of an event or a series of events.

In American English story also means a floor or level of a building.


  • She told us the story about how she lost all her money
  • He bought a building with four stories.

Interesting expressions used with the word story:

1. To cut / make a long story short

This expression is said when you want to stop telling someone all the details of something that happened and tell them only the main facts.


To make a long story short, I won a lot of money in the lottery.

2. That's another story

This means that you have an explanation of something that you prefer to make at some other time.


I invested a lot of money in another project, but that's another story.

3. The story of my life

This idiomatic expression is said about the mishap or misfortune which typically happens to you.


I ran to the train station to catch the 9 o'clock train just to find it has just left. That's the story of my life.


The word storey is a noun. It is any level part of a building. In American English it is spelt story.


  • The building was five stories / storeys high.

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