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    Smile Sitting on or in the chair

    Hi,

    Which is appropriate?

    I am sitting on the chair.

    I am sitting in the chair.

    I read if the chair has arms, then in is more appropriate, however to me in the chair sounds very awkward.

    Thanks


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    Re: Sitting on or in the chair

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which is appropriate?

    I am sitting on the chair.

    I am sitting in the chair.

    I read if the chair has arms, then in is more appropriate, however to me in the chair sounds very awkward.

    Thanks
    What you read is true, Anupumh. You can't measure the logic of a language by the logic of your own. Each language has its own reasons for how words are collocated.

    'on my hand' describes a situation where something is on the flat of my hand, when my hand is in a situation of flatness. But if I cup my hand slightly in an attempt to hold something in, something from escaping, say, water, then it's 'in my hand'.

    Same idea for chairs, on a flat or being enveloped by the chair. I'll suggest that this difference may have something to do with evoking a sensual, a more feeling nature nature;

    Put lotion on my arms / Wrap her in my arms.

    'He sat on the armchair' sounds to me like he sat on the arms or on the back of the chair.

    'He sat in the armchair' sounds like he sat on the cushion of the chair with the arms then being around him.


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    Smile Re: Sitting on or in the chair

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    Which is appropriate?

    I am sitting on the chair.

    I am sitting in the chair.

    I read if the chair has arms, then in is more appropriate, however to me in the chair sounds very awkward.

    Thanks


    Take a look here: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post511876



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    Re: Sitting on or in the chair

    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    O that the website would simply redirect repeated questions to an answer.

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