lobby and foyer - any difference?

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kentix

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English - U.S.
A picture can't show every possible variation.

Not every lobby is a foyer. Not every foyer is a lobby. Architects don't have to follow a rule. They can design any space they want even if you are not sure of the best word to call it.
 
  • Myridon

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    English - US
    All of them buttress the validity of the terms utilized by the book for the shown picture. #post 45
    Dictionaries rarely give you any guidance with regard to usage. If you ask any one person, they will tell you one of those terms. If you then ask them if they would call it one of the others, they will probably say no. If you are in a US movie theater and you tell your friend you're going to the foyer, they will know you're not a native speaker.
     

    JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    Dictionaries rarely give you any guidance with regard to usage. If you ask any one person, they will tell you one of those terms. If you then ask them if they would call it one of the others, they will probably say no. If you are in a US movie theater and you tell your friend you're going to the foyer, they will know you're not a native speaker.
    (Or at least not a speaker of the version of English from the area where you grew up, but possibly a native English speaker from somewhere else - even in the US. Check out the "news" link when searching for "foyer in us theaters" on Google).
     
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