What does garage mean to Americans? Whenever I watch dramas or TV shows, it seems to be more than a parking lot, like modifying it into a private space like a bar or a gym.
To Americans, a "garage" normally refers to a private parking space in a home. It is usually a space inside the home that is connected to the driveway. Some people park in the driveway of their home, but others prefer parking their car in the garage. A "garage" is not only used to park cars but also to store things, like tools or outdoor equipment. It is really just an extra storage space in the home. If you were to say "parking garage", this would be a whole different meaning of garage. A "parking garage" refers to a public parking lot that is usually covered or indoors. Ex: Our washing machine is in the garage. Ex: My car is parked in the parking garage at the hospital.