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22 Sep 2005 09:41 PDT
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Is it grammatically correct to say "I was sat there" when meaning "I was sitting there" or "I sat there" ?
Re: English grammar
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 22 Sep 2005 10:12 PDT
Hello lynne1986, The language authorities cited in the first three resources below do not accept "I was sat there" (in the sense of "I was sitting there" or "I sat there") as grammatical. It is apparent from these and the other resources I've cited that this construction is fairly common in Britain. "Grammar: Q: Is it wrong to say 'I was sat there...'? You hear it a lot." WordAdvisory.com [derived from "Encarta Webster's Dictionary," 2004] http://www.wordadvisory.com/wordqueries.asp?id=3 "Better Writing: Classic Errors and Helpful Hints: Grammar and Spelling Tips: Sitting and Standing" AskOxford http://www.askoxford.com/betterwriting/classicerrors/grammartips/sittingandstanding?view=uk "Online Style Guide - S" [under "sat"] Times Online http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2941-579,00.html "Our English Language" [Peter Slade on Language] [fifth paragraph] English Teaching in the United Kingdom http://www.english1.org.uk/pslade6.htm Online discussion, "General English grammar questions (EFL / ESL): Sat or Sitting?" (started 02-09-2005) Englishforums.com http://www.englishforums.com/English/SatOrSitting/bkbnw/Post.htm Online discussion, "Re: Word Definitions" [scroll down to second post by howard (June 04, 2004)] UK-Yankee.com http://talk.uk-yankee.com/index.php?PHPSESSID=c164a3f3ac2959d357d8459be79e49ec&topic=4899.msg48918 - justaskscott Search strategy -- Searched on Google for: "was sat there" grammar "was sat" grammar
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