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What's the difference in meaning between sitting in a chair and sitting on a chair?
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Hi again,

I think that you have to be careful in interpreting Google results. People don't always write the way that they speak.

In addition, I think that when people sit, they are usually in/on a chair, so they would tend not to mention 'a chair'. They'd often just say things like 'When I came into the room, she was sitting down', rather than 'When I came into the room, she was sitting on a chair'. In other words, 'on/in a chair' seems rather redundant with the verb 'sit'.

Best wishes, Clive
Nona, Your illustrations were perfect! CJ
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Nona The BritThis is a chair you would sit 'on'.

Greatly suggestive pic.

And this is why we have (Google hits):

59,500 for "sat down on a bench"
16 for "sat down in a bench"
How about couch or sofa?
Those I sit on.

CJ
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Look,it depends, i.e it depends on the type of the chair and you can make the difference by the following two sentence-:

He sat on the armchair' sounds to me like he sat on the arms or on the back of the chair.

'He sat in the armchair' sounds like he sat on the cushion of the chair with the arms then being around him.

What's the difference in meaning between sitting in a chair and sitting on a chair?

What's the difference in meaning between sitting in a chair and sitting on a chair?

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In refer to specific position but on refer to any position
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