slept in/on the living room floor on a blow-up camp bed

russian80

Senior Member
Russian
What is the difference between
She slept on the living room floor on a blow-up camp bed.
She slept in the living room floor on a blow-up camp bed.
 
  • kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    She slept in the floor implies that she dug into the floor and is part of the floor. That's not really possible. She can only be on (top of) the floor.

    I hesitate to make it more complicated but it would also be correct to say:
    She slept in the middle of the living room floor on a blow-up camp bed.

    In that example, "in the middle" just means in the middle (center) of the room, away from the walls. The room is the more important part in that example so in (the middle of the room) takes the place of on (the floor).
     
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