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Do you sit ON a chair or IN a chair?

My 3 year old is very confused because I say it both ways. I don't know if I can commit to saying it just one way and I don't want to be wrong.

So technically you sit ON a chair, right?

But it sounds better to say "Sit in your chair!"

Hmmm!!

 
staciandababy

Asked by staciandababy at 5:19 PM on May. 28, 2013 in General Parenting

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Answers (22)
  • I'm with charlotsomtimes. I sit IN my recliner and I sit ON a barstool.
    I think it has to do with armrests and cushions.
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 6:42 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • After some consideration, I've decided that it depends on the chair. If it has arms, or is a bucket-type seat (like in a car) then you sit IN it. Otherwise, if it's just a simple folding chair or something you sit ON it. I think. I don't know.
    maecntpntz219

    Answer by maecntpntz219 at 5:24 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • In I think. If you said on, then sitting on any part of the chair would be technically correct, yet would have troubling consequences. Like sitting on the arm, or on top of the seat back. But sitting in means to sit in the seat part of the chair.


    IDK.  Maybe I am over thinking it.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 5:23 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • I figure it depends if it has armrests or not. On the chair if it doesn't like most dining room chairs. In it if it is like a lazy boy recliner.
    2autisticsmom

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 5:24 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • I know- just tell her go sit her butt down- that'll solve it! lol :p
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 5:35 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • At first I thought ON, then I thought IN, and now I can't decide.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 6:56 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • depends on the chair!

    I sit IN my recliner -but I sit ON the barstool...
    charlotsomtimes

    Answer by charlotsomtimes at 5:47 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • i dunno...i say them both and it has nothing to do with the chair haha. like when im subbing i say "sit in your seats" cause "sit on your seats" sounds wrong. but at home i'll say "im sitting on the couch" cause "im sitting in the couch" makes it sound like im physically in the couch haha.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 6:23 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • Wait... What about the phrase "take your seat"?
    Where am I supposed to take it?
    PartyGalAnne

    Answer by PartyGalAnne at 11:23 PM on May. 28, 2013

  • Everything I've ever found indicates a chair with arms is one you sit IN (because the arms surround you like you are inside something [well, sort of lol]), while a folding chair or other chair without arms is one you sit ON.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 5:48 PM on May. 28, 2013