[General] In my bed or on my bed.

arjitsharma

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Hi!
I am confused between tha following sentences:
1. The cat peed on my bed.
2. The cat peed in my bed.

Which one is correct to use? I have heard people using the both.
 

probus

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1. The cat peed on my bed.
2. The cat peed in my bed.

Which one is correct to use? I have heard people using the both.

So have I, millions of times. Both are equally correct.

But "the both" is not. I'll let you off with a typo if you admit you were trying to say "them both." Otherwise 40 lashes!
 
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Just to expand: Bed is a bit special in that both in and on can be used, and there is considerable overlap, as you both stated, though often with a slightly different understanding. We sleep in a bed, as in we are on the mattress with some cover pulled over, so we are actually in a sort of envelope. We could of course sleep on a bed with nothing over us. We sit on a bed or we might lay out our clothes on the bed before getting dressed. What the cat did could happen either way, though I prefer on.

For other nouns, the choice is rather more definite. The cat peed in the garden. The cat peed in the living room. The cat peed on the living room carpet. The cat peed in the car. The cat peed on my coat.

Maybe you should get a dog...
 
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