I want to say that I work in an office. I researched both terms. Shitsu is a room, but I assumed that sho is used more for location. Which term is more appropriate to use?

  • What did you find when you "researched both terms"?
    – Earthliŋ
    Jul 25, 2018 at 18:55
  • Maybe this will help. Click on the results to see their respective definitions.
    – user22337
    Jul 25, 2018 at 19:03
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    I found out that both terms are very similar in meaning. I am not clear on the difference between shitsu and sho.
    – Jack Bosma
    Jul 25, 2018 at 19:03

1 Answer 1


~室 is for a room, and ~所 is for a facility which usually has more than one room.

If "office" refers to a certain room in an organization, use 事務室. If "office" refers to an entire building, floor or organization, use 事務所.

EDIT: The same is true for the translation of "laboratory"; you have to correctly choose between 研究室 and 研究所.


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