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!
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,
Not a professional ESL teacher.
Sitting only please
Justification in English Grammar
I am sat (= sitting)
I was sat (“)
I have been sat ( “)
*I have sat
I will be sat
by the window
-incorrect, see ‘Why?’ column)
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.