Legroom

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Legroom

Post by Stevenloan » Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:38 pm

Hi everyone! I'm in a bus. A woman in front of my seat adjusts her seat backwards pretty much and I don't have much legroom. Is it perfectly okay to say like this?

"Excuse me! Could you please pull your chair forwards a little bit? I don't have enough legroom back here. Thank you."

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

StevenLoan
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Re: Legroom

Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Dec 30, 2019 8:36 pm

Your version is fine except that in a vehicle, the thing you sit on is always called a seat, not a chair. (I think the difference is that a chair always has legs, whereas the term 'seat' is less restrictive regarding the physical design.)

The sole exception to this that I can think of is the term captain's chair, which Yourdictionary.com defines as "a bucket seat with a high back that includes a headrest, as in some vans, light trucks, etc."

That said, as regards a motorcaravan/motorhome I think most people who know about these vehicles would assume that a captain's chair would resemble the traditional design of a non-vehicle-based captain's chair, i.e. it would have armrests. (See the illustration here.)
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Post by trolley » Tue Dec 31, 2019 12:03 am

I'm a little surprised by that Yourdictionary.com definition. I thought armrests were the defining factor in a captain's chair. In our house, the captain's chair was Dad's chair, at the head of the table. Dining room sets often came with one or two captain's chairs (for the head and/or foot of the table) and the matching side-chairs had no arms.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:42 am

The Yourdictionary definition for a captain's chair (i.e. describing it as a high-backed bucket seat in a vehicle) is the only one I found. Otherwise, in normal usage, a captain's chair is what you describe (see that Merriam-Webster link in my answer).
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Re: Legroom

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Dec 31, 2019 3:27 pm

Erik and trolley : Thank you both very much for your answers.

StevenLoan
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