a paper bag is on the side

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I put a paper bag on the table and somehow it fell.
In this case, can I say "a paper bag is on the side"?
A paper bag is on the side and the contents came out onto the table.
Thanks for your help.
  • reno33

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    It's unclear. Did the paper bag fall off the table and is now on the floor?
    Or did the paper bag fall on the table (top) and is still on the table?


    Senior Member
    English (northeastern US)
    If the bag was standing up with the opening facing the ceiling and the bottom on the table, and it fell over, then I would say 'The bag is on its side.'
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