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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? Commented Feb 10, 2018 at 2:09
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    Yes. @CookieMonster Commented Feb 10, 2018 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 Commented Feb 10, 2018 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". Commented Feb 10, 2018 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
    Commented Feb 11, 2018 at 4:51

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