place

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations'place', 'Place': /ˈpleɪs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/pleɪs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(plās)


Inflections of 'place' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
places
v 3rd person singular
placing
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
placed
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
placed
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
place
used in descriptions
You can use place after an adjective when you are describing a building, room, town, or area of land. For example, instead of saying ‘Paris is nice’, you can say ‘Paris is a nice place’.
I love this village – it's a beautiful place.
Their new house is a really comfortable place.
saying where something is
You can say where something is using the place whereÉ. For example, you can say ‘This is the place where I parked my car’.
He reached the place where I was standing.
This is the place where we leave our school bags.
Be careful
Don't use a to-infinitive after a place where. Don't say, for example, ‘I’m looking for a place where to park my car'. Say ‘I’m looking for a place to park my car' or ‘I’m looking for a place where I can park my car'. You can also say ‘I’m looking for somewhere to park my car'.
He was looking for a place to hide.
Is there a place where you can go swimming?
We had to find somewhere to live.
‘anywhere’
In British English, you don't usually use ‘place’ after ‘any’ in questions or negative statements. Don't say, for example, ‘She never goes to any place alone’. You say ‘She never goes anywhere alone’.
I decided not to go anywhere in the summer holidays.
Is there a spare seat anywhere?
In American English, anyplace is sometimes used instead of anywhere.
He doesn't stay anyplace for very long.
‘there’
Don't use ‘that place’ to refer to somewhere that has just been mentioned. Don't say, for example, ‘I threw my bag on the ground and left it in that place’. You say ‘I threw my bag on the ground and left it there’.
I moved to London and soon found a job there.
I must go home. Bill is there on his own.
‘room’
Don't use ‘place’ as an uncountable noun to refer to an open or empty area. Use room or space instead. Room is more likely to be used when you are talking about space inside an enclosed area.
There's not enough room in the car for all of us.
We need plenty of space for the children to play.
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