place vs space vs room


Could you please explain the difference between the usage of these words?
place / space / room


Hi Liza

That question is a little too broad to answer in a single forum post. I would suggest reading lots of sentences using each of the three words. The BNC would be probably be a good place to start for examples of usage:
BNC: place
BNC: space
BNC: room

Dear Amy,

Yes, I think I didn’t ask it in a proper way. So e.g. I meant, that I don’t know which is good here:

  • I couldn’t park my car because there wasn’t enough space / room / place for it.
  • I can’t write my homework at my desk because there isn’t enough free space / room / place on it.
  • I couldn 't sit down on the train because there wasn’t enough space / room / place on it. (or I can use just ‘seat’ here?)
  • We don’t have enough space / room / place in our garden to plant new trees in it.

and so on.

I’m sorry if these sample sentences are quite awkward. (It’s too early here :).

So I’m interested in this kind of common meaning of the three words. If you could help help, it would be very useful for me.


My choices and comments are in blue in the quote, Liza.