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    Why do you sit my seat?

    [Two children were quarrelling in a classrom (Summer course)]

    Student A: Hey! This is my my seat. Why do you sit my seat?
    Student B: This seat isn't reserved by you. I've come first. I can sit any seat I like?

    I was wondering if the above dialogues are natural English.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    It probably is for children, depending on their ages. It is not, however, grammatically correct.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    [Two children were quarrelling in a classrom (Summer course)]

    Student A: Hey! This is my my seat. Why are you sitting in my seat?
    Student B: This seat isn't reserved for you. I got here first. I can sit in any seat I like!

    I was wondering if the above dialogue is natural English.

    Thanks for your help.
    Note: "reserved for you" is pretty fancy talk for a kid.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    It probably is for children, depending on their ages. It is not, however, grammatically correct.
    Thanks charliedeut

    If they were adults, how do you correct their English?

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    See Barb's post (#3)
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Note: "reserved for you" is pretty fancy talk for a kid.
    Thanks Barb_D.

    How does " fancy talk " mean? I googled it but I couldn't find the meaning.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Barb_D.

    How What does " fancy talk " mean? I googled it but I couldn't find the meaning.
    Let me google that for you (first result).
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    not a teacher

    I feel that the first result of charlie's link to a definition of "fancy talk" is not what Barb_D intended. That is, it's not to do with boastfulness.
    She meant that the phrase "This seat isn't reserved for you" is more sophisticated than one would usually expect from a child in this context.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    not a teacher

    I feel that the first result of charlie's link to a definition of "fancy talk" is not what Barb_D intended. That is, it's not to do with boastfulness.
    She meant that the phrase "This seat isn't reserved for you" is more sophisticated than one would usually expect from a child in this context.
    Fair enough.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why do you sit my seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks charliedeut

    If they were adults, how do you correct their English?
    The biggest problem here is that you are trying to make "sit" transitive, that is, to have it take a direct object.

    It isn't in this use.

    You do not "sit my seat." You "sit in my seat."

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