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  1. Christine Lamb
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    Sat or sitting

    Which is correct?
    I was sat
    or I was sitting?
    I know which I'd use, but hear so many others using what I consider wrong!
    Help, Please

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    Re: Sat or sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by Christine Lamb View Post
    Which is correct?
    I was sat
    or I was sitting?
    I know which I'd use, but hear so many others using what I consider wrong!
    Help, Please
    I was sitting.

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    Re: Sat or sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by Christine Lamb View Post
    Which is correct?
    I was sat
    or I was sitting?
    I know which I'd use, but hear so many others using what I consider wrong!
    Help, Please
    I was sitting- as Harry has already said.

    I was sitting there waiting for them.

    Sit - sat - sat

    I sat there waiting for them last night.

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    Re: Sat or sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    I was sitting.
    Hi Harry!!

    How are you doing? I haven`t seen you lately.

    Cheers,
    Teia


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    Re: Sat or sitting

    Christine: I hear "I was sat' and such utterances quite frequently in the colloquial speech of Americans on reality shows...and still grimace every time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Christine: I hear "I was sat' and such utterances quite frequently in the colloquial speech of Americans on reality shows...and still grimace every time!
    David, try to think globally sometimes. I was sat is perfectly correct English:

    While I was trying to have a rest on a bench in the park, a crying kid was sat next to me. I thought the kid's mother wanted me to do something about the noise the kid was making...


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    Re: Sat or sitting

    Try to think logically engee. Look again at Christine's original post and you will see that you are off base in your criticism.
    Try to think grammatically, and you will find that your post is interesting (albeit self-serving), but irrelevant to the original post and my agreement with Christine's observation.
    Last edited by David L.; 30-Apr-2008 at 03:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christine Lamb View Post
    Which is correct?
    I was sat
    or I was sitting?
    I know which I'd use, but hear so many others using what I consider wrong!
    Help, Please
    How can you tell there was nothing more to it?

    I was sat...? I was sat next to Jasmin in the exam.
    or
    I was sitting...? I was sitting next to Jasmin in the exam.

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Try to think logically engee. Look again at Christine's original post and you will see that you are off base in your criticism.
    Look at the examples above and show me anything illogical about them.


    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Try to think grammatically, and you will find that your post is interesting (albeit self-serving), but irrelevant to the original post and my agreement with Christine's observation.
    Once again, look at the above examples.
    Last edited by engee30; 30-Apr-2008 at 09:13.


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    Re: Sat or sitting

    I was sat next to someone is correct if you mean that you are placed by someone else in this position [Passive].

    It is incorrect if what you mean is that I was sitting next to someone. The fact that you hear it colloquially/dialectally used does not make it correct in normal, reasonably formal, English.

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    Smile Re: Sat or sitting

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I was sat next to someone is correct if you mean that you are placed by someone else in this position [Passive].
    I am afraid you are wrong, Angelika. It's not only by using your limbs that you can do this. You can as well be told to take a seat somewhere by someone else.

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