In this question about 'layout', I learned 1) it should be the park layout, not the park's layout; 2) Updating the park layout is more idiomatic than updating the park. I wonder if these two guidelines also apply to 'floor plan'. It should be the library floor plan, and not the library's floor plan? Updating the library floor plan is more idiomatic than updating the library?

The library/library's floor plan has been updated.

  • 2
    The "park layout" refers to the drawing, "the park's layout" is the park itself. Slightly differently "the library floor plan" is a drawing, "the library's floor plan" could be a drawing of something else, held in the library. And then, "updating the library floor plan" means updating the drawing, but "updating the library" means the library itself. The actual meaning will of course be governed by the context. Are they standing in the library, or in the architect's office? Commented Feb 21 at 16:33
  • "Updating the library" probably means getting new books.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 21 at 16:35
  • @WeatherVane, thanks for your comment. Since "the floor plan of the library" means the same as "the library's floor plan", could it also be a drawing of something else, held in the library? Is "updating the park" less idiomatic because a park may not be man-made? They say only man-made things can be updated. Commented Feb 21 at 16:36
  • @StuartF, thanks for the comment. I want to say incorporating new facilities like self-service machines and so on. Should I use "updating the library floor plan"? Commented Feb 21 at 16:38
  • 1
    If you want to add more facilities to the library, then say "updating the library's facilities" (or "updating the library facilities", there's not difference). "Updating the library floor plan" is fine and idiomatic, but suggests you are concerned with where the facilities are more than what facilities there are.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 21 at 16:39

2 Answers 2


Both "park layout" and "park's layout" are valid and mean the same thing. One could check which is more common but either is fine.

"Updating the library floor plan" vs "updating the library": The first is more specific. If you update the floor plan, you are changing the way furniture is arranged in significant ways, maybe even moving walls. But "updating the library" could mean getting new computers, changing the kinds of books you stock, or all sorts of possibilities. If what you're really doing is updating the floor plan, it would usually be better to be more specific and say so. But if what you're doing is getting new computers, to say you are updating the floor plan would just be incorrect.


updating the library's floor plan or library floor plan (drawings), updating the park's layout or park layout (in drawings).

It can be a possessive OR an attributive adjective. Same thing. updating the park would be renovating it and would not refer to drawings UNLESS you are working on the drawings with someone and the context is clear. The same is true for updating the library. It means renovating it UNLESS you are working on drawings etc.

floor plans can be AKA layout and refer to architectural or design drawings.

floor plan

  • 'Layout ' has two distinct meanings, so they do not mean the same thing. Commented Feb 21 at 16:58
  • @WeatherVane They do very often. They don't when referring to furniture arrangement in a room.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 21 at 17:01

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .