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|Subject:||'out of' vs. 'off of'|
|Question:||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.|
|Reply:||I concur with Prof. Pyatt's judgment; I would sit ON a chair if it had no arms and/or had a hard seat, like a dining room chair. There's an interesting difference between lying IN a bed and lying ON a bed; if you're IN the bed, you're under the covers, but if you're ON the bed, you're on top of the covers.|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|