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We were looking for parking lot.

My son asked me, "Why are you keep going."

"I'm looking for parking lot." I told him.

How to say a space that has no car parking?

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  • Are you talking about a place that lacks car parking facilities or do you want just to say that there is no spot in the parking lot where you could park your car? – Michael Rybkin Feb 10 '18 at 2:09
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    Yes. @CookieMonster – Kho Kenixiex Feb 10 '18 at 2:11
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The space in a parking lot where you leave your car after parking it is "officially" called a parking spot or a parking space. You can also refer to it simply as a spot. Parking lots in big cities can consist of hundreds, if not thousands, of such spots. So, your conversation with your son could be rephrased as follows:

— Why do you keep driving, Dad?
I'm trying to find a free (or open) parking spot to park the car.

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    I've often heard "empty parking spot" along with "free parking spot" in everyday conversation – Jessica Tiberio Feb 10 '18 at 5:41
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    Informally, if the person I'm talking to knows we're in a parking lot, I might also just say "I'm trying to find a space" or "...find a spot". – Nicolas Ford Feb 10 '18 at 5:48
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    I would say I'm looking for an open parking spot or simply, I'm looking for a place to park (but the lot is completely full). Which doesn't often happen since my wife has magic powers when it comes to finding an open space -- a parking space always seems to open up just when we arrive. – Andrew Feb 11 '18 at 4:51

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