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Difference Between Location and Place

Location vs Place

Differentiating the terms “location” and “place” is a bit difficult to state in words, most especially that the two have been used interchangeably by many. This comes as no surprise since most resources define “location” as “a type of place” while some definitions of “place” appear to be a type of locality, which is still very related to the term “location.” Nevertheless, the two must be understood as two different concepts.

Foremost, “place” is described as “an area that usually has indefinable margins or borders.” In its most generic description, a place is like a segment of space. In another sense, a place can be any building that has definite purpose like how the church is being described as a place of worship. A place can also be any spot or area where a person or persons live. So when one says to you “Let’s go to my house” he is referring to his house as the place where both of you should go.

Moreover, a place can also be used more figuratively rather than literal as in the sentence, “Put yourself in his place and I’m sure you’ll understand!” In this connection, the term “place” is used to refer, not to a particular area in space, but to the situation where the other person is in. “Place” can also be used to describe a certain point system that bears several stages like the one having the most points being in the first place, followed by the second place, and so on and so forth. In mathematics, “place” can also refer to a certain position in a series. So in the series “1, 3, 5, 7…” number 3 is in second place.

By contrast, “location” is different from “place” because you tend to be more specific with the area where a certain spot is situated. Thus, when you’re told about a location, it often comes with an implied idea that you should know where or how to locate that spot. Using one of the examples above, when one says to you “Let’s go to my house,” you can ask for the location of his place by asking him where exactly that house is situated. When he answers, “My house is at 289 Red Street…” then he is already telling you of its exact location. Thus, location is something that is described with absolute coordinates (latitudes, longitudes, street numbers, etc.) or with reference to something like “My house is to the right of the bookstore.”

Summary:

1.“Location” is defined as “the specific area where a place is situated.” It is, therefore, particular with spatial positions. It usually has absolute coordinates.
2.“Place” is a broader term that describes any part of space or an area that does not have any reference to something specific.
3.Figuratively, “place” can also be a type of situation that somebody is experiencing.
4.In mathematics, a place is a particular position of a term in a given series.


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