Use the word "space" when talking about an area that is available or unavailable:
- Joan has enough space in her house for the furniture that she wants to buy.
- There’s not enough space in our car to carry eight people.
- The city is making space for a new park.
- Andrea and her husband need more space for their growing family.
- Tom is looking for some office space to rent.
- There aren’t any parking spaces left in the parking lot.
- How much extra space do you have?
- The teacher asked for the assignment to be double-spaced.
The word "space" is also used for the area that lies beyond the planet Earth:
- An astronaut is a person who works in space.
- Space is very cold and there’s very little gravity.
- Would you like to travel through space someday?
If you separate things in time, use "space out."
- Can we space out these meetings, please. It’s not a good idea to have one right after another.
- If you space out the payments on a car, it’s easier to afford something that’s expensive.
- The people who were exercising spaced out enough to give each other room to move their bodies.
The word "spacey" can be used to describe a person who doesn’t pay attention:
- I feel a little spacey this morning.
- Denise is kind of a spacey person. She needs to be told something more than once.
- Why are you so spacey today?
- I’m sorry, I just spaced out. What did you say? (A person who "spaces out" isn’t paying attention.)
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This page was first published on December 4, 2012. It was updated on September 28, 2015.