Sitting on in at?

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Today let’s look at an interesting question “Do I sit on a chair or in a chair?”

The answer is not so simple. Actually, it depends on the chair.

An armchair

If the chair you’re sitting on has arms in it (i.e. an armchair), you sit in it.

A chair

When the chair doesn’t have any arms then you sit on it. If you don’t know what chair you have, just use on.

In case someone is sitting where you should sit, you should tell them “Excuse me, but you’re in my seat.

You may be wondering, what about a couch or a sofa? Do we sit in them too?

A sofa

I believe that if what you’re sitting on is made for more than 1 person, then you should say that you’re sitting on it.

We’re sitting on the sofa. Come join us!

What about at? Should we say I’m sitting at the table or on the table?

This depends on the place.

A cat on a table

If you’re on top of the table like the cat in the picture, you should use on, but if you’re sitting on a chair next to the table (Which you most likely are) then you should use at.

Let’s practice using in, on and at with some short exercises. 🙂

I prefer sitting in armchairs. Seems like I made the right decision when I bought an executive office chair because my back would hurt after sitting wrong for hours. What about you? Would you prefer sitting on a chair or an armchair?

Let us know in the comments section and see you next week. Have a nice weekend! 🙂

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