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At a furniture store

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Woman: Oh, what's the difference between a love seat and a sofa?
Seller: Oh, as you can see there, there is only two cushions
in the love seat where there is three in the sofa,
so that really you can only put two people in a love seat,
but you can get three or four people in a sofa.
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1- What does "you can only put two people in a love seat"?

2- What does "you can get three or four people in a sofa"?

3- What do "put" and "get" mean in these two sentences?


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"put" means something like "place". It is essentially the same meaning as, for example, when you put an item in a drawer or a cupboard.

Here "get" means something like "cause to be placed/positioned".

I would say "on a sofa" not "in".

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I have one more question:

Can we replace "put" and "get" with "seat/set/place"?

1- What does "you can only put seat/set/place two people in a love seat"?

2- What does "you can get seat/set/place three or four people in a sofa"?

rezaenglish1- What does "you can only put seat/set/place two people in a love seat"?

"set" is not idiomatic here, though the meaning is in the right ball-park.

"place" has the correct meaning, but is perhaps not quite as idiomatic as "put" or "get" in this sentence.

"seat" is OK except that the "seat ... seat" repetition is noticeable and stylistically weak.

rezaenglish2- What does "you can get seat/set/place three or four people in a sofa"?

Same answers, except that the repetition issue does not apply.

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Thank you so much, GPY