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A couple bought furniture for their new house they've just moved into.

We'll lay the seats down and then stick them (furniture) through the backseat.

Can "in" be included here?

We'll lay the seats down and then stick them in through the backseat.

And can it be:

We'll lay the seats down and then put them in through the backseat.

And can it be "through the back" instead of "through the backseat"?

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  • Where I come from, 'back seat' is two words, and it means what you sit on. You can't put anything "through" the back seat of a car without damaging it. Maybe you mean the back seat area? Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 10:38
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    @MichaelHarvey Many modern sedans have a back seat section that folds down, allowing items to pass through it.
    – Peter
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 10:40
  • If you're using "through," then you reference what the furniture is actually going through: "through the rear door" or "through the hatchback door." Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 12:50
  • @Peter I have frequently loaded my car in that way, but I don't think of it as 'through the back seat', just 'loading the boot with the back seats down'. Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 8:09
  • @KateBunting, in my car there is a central seat rest and when that is down you can get a thin object through the gap between the seats. The seat back cushion is continuous above and below, so it is an actual hole in the seat.
    – Peter
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 9:17

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Stick them in through the back seat implies the item has passed into (or mostly into) the car through the seat. Stick them through does not suggest it has gone all the way; it might have or there might only be a small part going through the seat. Either might work for garden stakes, but probably not for furniture. If the seats are folded down, nothing will go through them anyway. Stick them in through the back would be better.

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  • So does "backseat" or "back" sound better? Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 17:46
  • And I thought this whole "seats folding-down" thing was pretty normal, and not confusing at all. Commented Aug 30, 2020 at 17:47
  • They're both fine, but nobody on ell.stackexchange will argue with you if you say "back"
    – gotube
    Commented May 31, 2021 at 23:11
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Yes, all these are correct. My own roommate said "through the back seat" earlier today before I'd even read this question.

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  • If you downvote, please comment
    – gotube
    Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 3:09

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