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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: There is some sense in it, but mostly it is idiom. I mostly get off chairs (or up from them) rather than out of them, and mostly sit on them too. But I sit 'in' seat C11 at a theatre. It's worth doing a few Google searches to see what you get! Anthea
Reply From: Anthea Fraser Gupta      click here to access email
 
Date: 04-Oct-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: 'out of' vs. 'off of'    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (15-Oct-2012)
  2. Re: 'out of' vs. 'off of'    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (03-Oct-2012)
  3. Re: 'out of' vs. 'off of'    Susan D Fischer     (03-Oct-2012)

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