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    Usage of "sit"

    Hi everybody,
    Please have a look at this sentence:

    If you had sat the plant in a cooler location, the leaves wouldn't have burnt.
    => I find the phrase "you had sat the plant" here so strange. Could you please tell me whether it is right or wrong.
    And is possible, please give me some more examples of this kind
    Many thanks in advance
    Newbie :)

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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Say:
    If you had set the plant in a cooler location, the leaves wouldn't have burnt.


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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Hi RonBee,
    Thanks a lot for your help :)
    So the phrase "you had sat the plant" is completely wrong?

    :):)

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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Hi RonBee,
    Thanks a lot for your help :)
    So the phrase "you had sat the plant" is completely wrong?

    :):)
    Yes.


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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Only because you used the incorrect word (sit) to mean that an object was put in a particular place (set)

    Sit, sat, sitting, is not the same as set, setting.

    He had sat for two hours before anyone came and got him.

    The plant had set in the same window for years.

    Set the plants there so we can plant them later.


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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Many thanks dear RonBee and Susiedqq :)
    But I have one more query: Is it ok for us to use "in" here? should it be replaced with "at"? which preposition is better?

    Thank you very much in advance :)
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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    The plant sets in the window.

    She looked at the dress in the window

    How much is that puppy in the window?

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    #8

    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    The plant sets in the window...


    Maybe that's OK in Am English, but in Br English it would be regarded by many as unacceptable. The plant "is" or "is placed" or "is kept" or - with informal personification - "sits" in a place; the last is not formally correct, but it's used. But either an animate being "sets" something somewhere, or a plant "sets" seeds, or the sun "sets"; a plant can't just "set".

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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    So I assume the sentence "The plant sets in the window" should be "The plant is set in the window" (in British English), right?
    But I still feel the preposition "in" here so strange. Why isn't it "at"? Isn't there no container for the plant to be in?

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    Re: Usage of "sit"

    Quote Originally Posted by newbie View Post
    Many thanks dear RonBee and Susiedqq :)
    But I have one more query: Is it ok for us to use "in" here? should it be replaced with "at"? which preposition is better?
    Re:
    If you had set the plant in a cooler location, the leaves wouldn't have burnt.
    The word in is perfectly fine there. However, at would not be such a good choice. But at would be better than some other choices.


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