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What's the difference in meaning between sitting in a chair and sitting on a chair?
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They are both correct. See at the New York Times:

305 from nytimes.com for "sitting in a chair"
68 from nytimes.com for "sitting on a chair"

which shows that the first is to be preferred.

IMO:

If you want to stress you're above its seat surface, use on
If you want to stress you're (comfortably) installed inside its confines/space, use in


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Doesn't it sound so much better to say, "I sit in a chair," than "I
sit on a chair?" It's sort of a Zen question: When does something
become a chair? Answer: When someone's using it.

http://www.idonline.com/adr03/chair.asp
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This is a chair you would sit 'on'.
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This is a chair you would sit 'in'.
Hi,
Nona, is there really that difference? You sit in the chair in your second post (an armchair), can't I also sit in the chair in your first post?
I thought "in" was more common to refer to both kinds of chairs, but I suspect there could be some difference between British and American English.
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I like Nona's examples a lot. The first one has no "in." The second one embraces you, sucks you in. If you were nine months pregnant, getting out of the second chair (notice, I didn't say "up from") would probably require the assistance of another person.
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Hi,

I'd say that in speech, 'on' would be much more common than 'in'.

However, a person is not likely to say things like 'Would you like to sit on this chair?' Instead, one would more usually say something like ''Would you like to sit here?' or 'Would you like this chair?'

Best wishes, Clive
Ah, interesting. I thought it was more common to say "sitting in a chair" than "sitting on a chair".
I did the same as Marius, some searches on Google, and I found out that "in" seems to be more common on the net... how strange...
Anyway, thanks for the info.
TeoWhat's the difference in meaning between sitting in a chair and sitting on a chair?
My mental images immediately upon reading the original post were just about what Nona posted.
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