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    At the back

    It seems both "in" and "on" could be used with "the back". Can't "at" be used with "the back"? For example: Could you please go/seat at the back?
    Moreover, How about "from"? For example: Could somebody please move from the back?
    Please let me know if they are okay to be used in that way. I just want to know/learn how "the back" used in the language.

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    Re: In the back / on the back

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    It seems both "in" and "on" could be used with "the back". Can't "at" be used with "the back"? For example: Could you please go/seat at the back?
    Moreover, How about "from"? For example: Could somebody please move from the back?
    Please let me know if they are okay to be used in that way. I just want to know/learn how "the back" used in the language.
    You seem to be asking about the back of the plane. The OP's question was about the back of the seat.

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    #3

    Re: In the back / on the back

    Yes. Isn't my question related to this thread?

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    #4

    Re: In the back / on the back

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    Yes. Isn't my question related to this thread?
    Yes, I suppose so. On a plane, one would say: Can you sit in the back? Can you move from the back?

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    Re: In the back / on the back

    I don't think your post was related sufficiently to the OP's question to warrant posting it in their thread. I have created a new thread for your question regarding the back of a plane.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: In the back / on the back

    Sorry then. I thought It was related because of the word "the back". Thanks for bringing it on a new thread. I got one answer from Mike. What about others? Could you please tell me if they can be used?
    Mike's answer was "Can you sit in the back?". Can't it also be said like "Can you sit at the back?". I am asking this because I think I have heard it used.
    Last edited by UM Chakma; 26-Aug-2013 at 11:05. Reason: typo

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    Re: In the back / on the back

    In BrE, we sit at the back of a plane, theatre, cinema, bus etc. We move from the front to the back.

    In AmE, I believe it is possible to say that someone is sitting "in back" of a room or form of transport. That is not used in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: In the back / on the back

    In AmE, I believe it is possible to say that someone is sitting "in back" of a room or form of transport. That is not used in BrE.
    "in the back"?

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    #9

    Re: In the back / on the back

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    "in the back"?
    My friend from Oregon always says "He's in back" but maybe that's non-standard AmE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: In the back / on the back

    I'd use the "the." On the school bus, the older kids sit in the back and the younger kids sit in the front.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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