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|Subject:||'out of' vs. 'off of'|
Why do you get ''out'' of a chair, but ''off'' of a sofa, bench, etc.? Is is
just a colloquialism, or is there a root cause? Conversely, you sit ''in''
a chair, but ''on'' a bech, sofa, stool, etc.
A lot of prepositional use is somewhat arbitrary. I suspect that originally chairs were
considered more of an enclosure (consider a large chair with arms) than a bench or
stool which was just a platform.
Over time, the architecture of the two have become more similar in many cases.
For the record though, I can sit "on" a chair as well as "in" it.
|Reply From:||Elizabeth J Pyatt click here to access email|