chair vs seat

Discussion in 'Italian-English' started by andri85, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. andri85 Member

    Italia, Italian
    Stupid question: are there any difference between chair and seat? I'd say they're exactly the same but maybe I'm wrong. Thank you very much.

  2. Leo57 Senior Member

    UK English
    Hi there
    Yes there is a difference, I will do my best to explain. A chair is something you sit on. (We know this already!) However, a seat is your place on a bus or a train (un posto). Or you can reserve a seat at the theatre, (in other words you have bought a ticket in advance.)

    Hope this is sufficient.
  3. TrentinaNE Senior Member

    English (American)
    You can also "have a seat" on a couch, an ottoman, a bench, etc. So generically a "seat" is any space where it is customary to sit, while a chair is a specific article of furniture designed for sitting. ;)


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