A post on Apple Park says

Its scale and circular design, by Norman Foster, have earned the structure a media nickname “the spaceship". Located on a suburban site totaling 175 acres (71 hectares), it houses more than 12,000 employees ...

where the word "site" is used. As per Cambridge Dictionary , I understand what "site" means there:

a place where something is, was, or will be built

Cambridge Dictionary also gives these examples

a building site

The company hasn't yet chosen the site for the new hospital.

I guess I understand the meaning of the sentence

Apple Park is set in 175 acres of land.

The question is about the usage of the word "site", does the following sentence sound natural?

Apple Park is set in 175 acres of site.

1 Answer 1


Apple Park is set in 175 acres of site.

No, this does not sound natural, and is grammatically incorrect. We use the word of to indicate the quantity of uncountable nouns:

A kilo of sugar
100 hectares of land

site is countable: a site is the place where something is, or will be- a pin in a map, that doesn't give any indication how big the site is. With countable nouns, you just use a number:

10 apples
100 sites.

  • Thanks for your comprehensive explanation. The previous one, "Apple Park is set in 175 acres of land", is grammatically incorrect and sounds natural, right?
    – WXJ96163
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 0:42
  • "Set in" doesn't sound right to me here. It sounds more natural to say, "Apple Park is located on 175 acres of land" or (as in the original sentence) "Apple Park is located on a 175-acre site."
    – SarahT
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 0:59
  • @WXJ96163 what do you think is grammatically incorrect about "Apple Park is set in 175 acres of land"? It seems fine to me.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 6:49
  • @SarahT, note that, as far as I can tell, Apple Park is a store where you can buy Apple products. It doesn't occupy all of the 165 acres: it is set in (located within the boundaries of) 165 acres of land.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 7:03
  • @JavaLatte According to Wikipedia, Apple Park is the name of the corporate campus that includes the giant "spaceship" building as well as several other buildings?
    – SarahT
    Commented Apr 18, 2020 at 17:06

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