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What is the difference between couch and sofa?
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Hi,

My experience is that people don't try to distinguish between a couch and a sofa.

Clive
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Hi,

Usually, they are used to refer to the same thing. Different regions use different terms for certain things.

Clive
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Hey - me again! No difference - at least in UK English. Some people say couch, some people say sofa. Maybe a sofa is larger and squashier? But basically they can be used interchangeably.

But like a lot of things in UK English, which word you say is sometimes seen as an indicator of region, or class. But as a non-native speaker, I wouldn't worry about that!
couch, sofa, divan, davenport, chesterfield: all the same thing; difference is regional.
The reason is simply because couches are not sofas. A couch is the armless variety of furniture that one would have seen in the Victorian period, as in "fainting couch." It was a place for the ladies wearing those tight fitting corsets which restricted breathing to be able to "sit a spell." The root of the word from the French has to do with "to lie down."
In our more modern times, we've added arms, taken off the legs, and call it a sofa, which is in keeping with the Arabic roots of that word which implies a meaning along the lines of "a bench" or someplace meant for reclining or sitting, but not laying..

Thanks for sharing..

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Clive Hi, My experience is that people don't try to distinguish between a couch and a sofa. Clive
I agree.

You can also add settee to the list.

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