Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Dutch
      • Home Country:
      • Belgium
      • Current Location:
      • Belgium

    • Join Date: Feb 2011
    • Posts: 179
    #1

    In the back / on the back

    Hi,




    Every seat on the plane has a fold down table in/on the back of the seat.


    I would go with 'on' because it is on the back of the seat but I have seen 'in' used a lot.


    Can someone explain me why on might be 'wrong' and 'in' right?


    Thanks
    Last edited by TheShadow; 25-Aug-2013 at 12:12.

  1. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,876
    #2

    Re: In the back / on the back

    I would use "in". The table usually folds into a recess in the back of the seat so that when the table is not in use it is flush with the back of the seat.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #3

    Re: In the back / on the back

    Quote Originally Posted by TheShadow View Post
    Hi,




    Every seat on the plane has a fold down table in/on the back of the seat.


    I would go with 'on' because it is on the back of the seat but I have seen 'in' used a lot.


    Can someone explain me why on might be 'wrong' and 'in' right?


    Thanks
    I agree with emsr's logic, but "on" would also be correct for me.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #4

    Re: In the back / on the back

    On is fine for me too- you can use either IMO.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-May-2009, 11:59
  2. Draw back/Fall back/Back off?
    By sambistapt in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2008, 19:46
  3. Two infinitive phrases back-to-back...
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 23-Mar-2008, 16:40
  4. England fight back/fights back ?
    By Donny in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2006, 03:56
  5. the difference and common between Back down and back off
    By english-learner in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 08-Apr-2005, 00:08

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •