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    i am sat here or I am sitting here?

    Hello there,

    can someonehelp me out with the following sentence:

    ''...beautiful weather here but I am sat in the library''....

    when does one use this form and is it the same as the continuous form ''I am sitting''?

    Hopin'for some help!
    bamm

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    Re: i am sat here or I am sitting here?

    1. I am sat here in the library.
    2. I am sitting here in the library.

    #2 is the regular form, in standard English.

    The #1 form has become more popular, in the last 20 years or so; I think (but can't be sure) that it may have been imported from northern English dialects.

    It is used now in otherwise standard English by some speakers, and tends to have a faintly humorous intent; or sometimes it implies that the speaker is not entirely willing to be in that situation.

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: i am sat here or I am sitting here?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    1. I am sat here in the library.
    2. I am sitting here in the library.

    #2 is the regular form, in standard English.

    The #1 form has become more popular, in the last 20 years or so; I think (but can't be sure) that it may have been imported from northern English dialects.

    It is used now in otherwise standard English by some speakers, and tends to have a faintly humorous intent; or sometimes it implies that the speaker is not entirely willing to be in that situation.

    Yes, so you can hear things like 'My father sat me down and gave me a good tongue-lashing.'

    MrP
    I don't hear "I am sat here (in the library)." And it certainly is not a good substitute for 'I am sitting here...'.
    But you can say 'I am seated here.....'

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    Re: i am sat here or I am sitting here?

    Quote Originally Posted by miss_bammbamm View Post
    Hello there,

    can someonehelp me out with the following sentence:

    ''...beautiful weather here but I am sat in the library''....

    when does one use this form and is it the same as the continuous form ''I am sitting''?

    Hopin'for some help!
    bamm
    The first is dialectal/nonstandard. The second is standard usage.


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    Re: i am sat here or I am sitting here?

    Sitting only please
    Justification in English Grammar
    Common Mistakes
    Tense
    Why?


    I am sat (= sitting)


    I was sat ()

    I have been sat ( )


    *I have sat



    I will be sat
    (=sitting)








    by the window







    Present Continuous

    Past Continuous

    Present Perfect
    Continuous

    *Present Perfect
    -incorrect, see Why? column)

    Future Continuous

    Verbs, such as sit, wait, speaketc. (i.e. **non-stative verbs), suggest continuity and so are mostly used in the continuous form
    i.e. verb + ing.

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