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    prepositions

    I want to enquire from the brethren whether they can guide me to the usage of 'in' as a preposition indicating position or place i.e. He sat on the chair or in the chair!

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    Re: prepositions

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    It depends on the size of chair.

    You may sit on a stool or something similar but you sit in an armchair.

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    Re: prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by babakhul View Post
    I want to enquire from the brethren whether they can guide me to the usage of 'in' as a preposition indicating position or place i.e. He sat on the chair or in the chair!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Babakhul.

    (1) This can be very confusing -- even to native speakers.

    (2) Maybe (this is only my guess) that most Americans prefer

    "in" a chair in most situations.

    (3) Some ESL books say the "correct" preposition is "on" ;

    other books say both are correct.

    (4) I found these two examples:

    I sat in a comfortable chair.

    I sat in my favorite chair.

    (Maybe "chair" in this case means "armchair." As Enucu told you, we

    always use "in" for armchairs. (Maybe because we are "inside"

    something -- only my idea!)

    (5) I found a very good idea from someone who teaches English on the

    Web:

    (a) He gives two interesting sentences:

    Martha was in the chair. = was sitting.

    Martha was on the chair. = was standing.

    (6) Remember, we ALWAYS sit

    on a sofa
    on a couch
    on a bench
    on a stool (as Enucu told you)

    (7) In summary:

    (a) Both are "correct."

    (b) I suggest that you use "in" a chair.

    ***** Thank you *****
    Last edited by TheParser; 14-Jun-2010 at 12:37.

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