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These chairs are out of place/position.

Which one is correct? I feel like i haven't heard anyone use out of postion for anything other than football or when talking to a person, not an inanimate object though.

Can they both be used here?

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I think both of them are proper.

Let me give you some examples.

First, out of place means that "not comfortable in or not suitable for a situation" & "not in the proper place".

The picture looks out of place here.


Then, let's take a look at out of position.

In addition to your thought, it means that "not in the correct place".

She wouldn’t tolerate a single spoon, fork, or napkin that was out of position.

-From. Mcmillan Dictionary


In conclusion , I think "out of place" is more common when you say that something is misplaced.

  • You could use "out of place" for the silverware example, but you can't use "out of position" for the awkward picture. – aparente001 Apr 6 '17 at 3:13

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