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I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults.

On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture The hotel roomone of them asked if we should say

"The sink inis next to the toilet"

or

"The sink is behind the toilet"

I feel we should use "next to" because the toilet doesn't cover the front side of the sink and some of my students agreed with me. That very student, however, is an engineer and he sees geometry everywhere. He said that if a person was standing on the rug they would see the toilet covering the most part of the sink, so "The sink is behind the toilet". You are looking at the sink

Now I'm pretty confused. Which preposition would you use and why?

I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults.

On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture The hotel roomone of them asked if we should say

"The sink in next to the toilet"

or

"The sink is behind the toilet"

I feel we should use "next to" because the toilet doesn't cover the front side of the sink and some of my students agreed with me. That very student, however, is an engineer and he sees geometry everywhere. He said that if a person was standing on the rug they would see the toilet covering the most part of the sink, so "The sink is behind the toilet". You are looking at the sink

Now I'm pretty confused. Which preposition would you use and why?

I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults.

On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture The hotel roomone of them asked if we should say

"The sink is next to the toilet"

or

"The sink is behind the toilet"

I feel we should use "next to" because the toilet doesn't cover the front side of the sink and some of my students agreed with me. That very student, however, is an engineer and he sees geometry everywhere. He said that if a person was standing on the rug they would see the toilet covering the most part of the sink, so "The sink is behind the toilet". You are looking at the sink

Now I'm pretty confused. Which preposition would you use and why?

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Prepositions of Place: "next to" or "behind"?

I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults.

On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture The hotel roomone of them asked if we should say

"The sink in next to the toilet"

or

"The sink is behind the toilet"

I feel we should use "next to" because the toilet doesn't cover the front side of the sink and some of my students agreed with me. That very student, however, is an engineer and he sees geometry everywhere. He said that if a person was standing on the rug they would see the toilet covering the most part of the sink, so "The sink is behind the toilet". You are looking at the sink

Now I'm pretty confused. Which preposition would you use and why?