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    why isn't it "off"?

    "The aircraft dropped 20 metres and those who weren't buckled in were lifted right out of their seats."

    please, if you sit on the seat, why is it "out of their" is this sentence, instead of "off their"?

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    Re: why isn't it "off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "The aircraft dropped 20 metres and those who weren't buckled in were lifted right out of their seats."

    please, if you sit on the seat, why is it "out of their" is this sentence, instead of "off their"?

    thanks.

    I'm not a teacher, but I would suggest that it's because airline seat are thought of as containers. We also tend to say "in" of airline seats, rather than "on". So while we "get off" a seat at home, we get "out of" seats in planes, buses, trains, etc. All are narrow, confined and resemble containers for human cargo more than actual seats. That's my take on this one, anyway.

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    Re: why isn't it "off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuartnz View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but I would suggest that it's because airline seat are thought of as containers. We also tend to say "in" of airline seats, rather than "on". So while we "get off" a seat at home, we get "out of" seats in planes, buses, trains, etc. All are narrow, confined and resemble containers for human cargo more than actual seats. That's my take on this one, anyway.
    Nice explanation.

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    Re: why isn't it "off"?

    Note I'm not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    "The aircraft dropped 20 metres and those who weren't buckled in were lifted right out of their seats."

    please, if you sit on the seat, why is it "out of their" is this sentence, instead of "off their"?

    thanks.
    and notice
    "The aircraft dropped 20 metres and those who weren't buckled in were lifted right out of their seats."

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    Re: why isn't it "off"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Note I'm not a teacher.


    and notice
    "The aircraft dropped 20 metres and those who weren't buckled in were lifted right out of their seats."
    It's 'inertia' at its best.When fast moving bus suddenly slows down,aren't we thrown forward? Out of our seats?
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