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Q: English grammar ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: English grammar
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: lynne1986-ga
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Posted: 22 Sep 2005 09:41 PDT
Expires: 22 Oct 2005 09:41 PDT
Question ID: 571021
Is it grammatically correct to say "I was sat there" when meaning "I
was sitting there" or "I sat there" ?
Subject: 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

"Grammar: Q: Is it wrong to say 'I was sat there...'? You hear it a lot." [derived from "Encarta Webster's Dictionary," 2004]

"Better Writing: Classic Errors and Helpful Hints: Grammar and
Spelling Tips: Sitting and Standing"

"Online Style Guide - S" [under "sat"]
Times Online,,2941-579,00.html

"Our English Language" [Peter Slade on Language] [fifth paragraph]
English Teaching in the United Kingdom

Online discussion, "General English grammar questions (EFL / ESL): Sat
or Sitting?" (started 02-09-2005)

Online discussion, "Re: Word Definitions" [scroll down to second post
by howard (June 04, 2004)]

- justaskscott

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Clarification of Answer by justaskscott-ga on 22 Sep 2005 10:15 PDT
I meant to add the conclusion that "common," in this case, does not
equal "correct" according to standard grammar authorities.  If "I was
sat there" remains common, perhaps these authorities will approve of
it eventually.
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