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Is "common place" a not valid saying in English? As an example: can't we say like "We will meet in a common place"?

Spell checkers always suggest to replace it with commonplace instead.

By using "common place" my intention was to mean "a single or general place". Is this commonplace give that meaning or what meaning does it give?

What is the problem here and can you suggest a word/phrase for it?

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  • 'commonplace' means 'not unusual; ordinary' Not referring to an actual 'location' so you should say "meet in a commonplace location" (meet in an ordinary place)

  • 'common place' literally means 'a place that is shared by the public', or in this case, shared by the two parties. Similar to 'common area' (e.g. The living room in this rental house is a common area for all residents)

Since we have the existing word "commonplace" already, saying "common place" would certainly cause confusion, better use "common location" or more precisely, "a place we can both agree upon"

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