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    Default 'I am sat down' is this wrong?

    Hi all,

    I had a student ask me about I am sat yesterday. They thought it was incorrect but have heard it many times. They had thought about it (which was great) and concluded it was is am are + past simple. I am sat. I said I would explain it next week.

    Considering they are only 11 years old and EFL, would one of you help with an easy explanation!

    It would be appreciated.
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    Default Re: 'I am sat down' is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by makaveli View Post
    Hi all,

    I had a student ask me about I am sat yesterday. They thought it was incorrect but have heard it many times. They had thought about it (which was great) and concluded it was is am are + past simple. I am sat. I said I would explain it next week.

    Considering they are only 11 years old and EFL, would one of you help with an easy explanation!

    It would be appreciated.
    They want "I am sitting", the present continuous tense.
    Explain to them that you can't start with an auxiliary verb, like "am" then add whatever further tense you like to it. The tense comes from the auxiliaries and main verbs all taken together.

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    Default Re: 'I am sat down' is this wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They want "I am sitting", the present continuous tense.
    Explain to them that you can't start with an auxiliary verb, like "am" then add whatever further tense you like to it. The tense comes from the auxiliaries and main verbs all taken together.

    Thanks Raymott. I am aware of the correct tense but sometimes find it hard to try and explain to kids with virtually no comprehension in a upbeat non-boring way- hence I end up here for help! This bit is excellent and they'll get this I hope!

    you cannot "then add whatever further tense you like to it"

    I'll put it over in a jovial way to the whole class and exagerate with a silly WB example consisting of about 5 tenses added on the end that you cannot use!

    Thanks again.
    Last edited by makaveli; 24-Jul-2008 at 09:53.

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