Grammar pedants?

Is "I was sat" correct?

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02/07/2013 at 22:29

I have a friend who is doing an online test that she has to pass to be a teaching assistant. In one section she has to say if the statement is correct grammatically. Things like:

We was walking in the garden.

We have had a difference of opinion on a statement so we are putting it to the RW vote to decide who is right (she has submitted her answers in case anyone is worried about the morals of this!).

Are we "allowed" to say

I was sat and thinking about things.

Should she have marked this as grammatically correct or incorrect?










Please say my answer was right!!

02/07/2013 at 22:32


02/07/2013 at 22:39


She marked it as correct and it said she was right? 

02/07/2013 at 22:40

She thinks the statement may have been "I was sat thinking about things". Not sure if that makes a difference?

02/07/2013 at 22:47

To me sat means being in a sitting position so I would say it is technically correct but sitting would probably be the word I'd use.

 "I have ran" ??



02/07/2013 at 22:58

Hmmmm, that's true. 

I do kind of think it must be right if it is a Teaching Assistant proficiency test! (Disclaimer I am not an expert so make no claim to 'I do kind of think' being correct!). 

She's onto the maths now and it is bringing back nightmares of my maths teacher .

03/07/2013 at 01:43

I'd have said the grammar was incorrect.


Don't understand.

03/07/2013 at 06:02


I would say it is incorrect

 I was sitting. Continuous action

Or, I sat and thought..  completed action.

03/07/2013 at 06:34
Mr Puffy wrote (see)


 "I have ran" ?? 


This one is infuriating

03/07/2013 at 07:47

My own bugbear is the misuse of the personal pronoun by people who think it sounds posh But don't know the difference between the subject and the object of a verb.

"Stevie G gave Leah and I a lift to the race." No he didn't, he gave me and Leah a lift.


03/07/2013 at 08:16

Lou Diamonds is correct:

I was sitting

I sat

There may be confusion because in northern dialects the expresson "I was sat" is often used (as in your example) - but it's still wrong:




03/07/2013 at 08:59

Without making the usual divide of north/south, its definately incorrect.

The statement definately was out there to confuse you. I agree with screampillar.

03/07/2013 at 09:07
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

If a Northern dialect uses a different term it may be inconsistent with another area but is correct in the North, and is not wrong

It makes it a term understoood, in common parlance, in a certain locality - gramatically it is still wrong. 

There are a lot of people in the south that say "aksed" instead of "asked" - are you suggesting that they are correct too?

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 09:10
03/07/2013 at 09:08

"I sat, thinking about things." would be fine though. Are you sure you've got the wording quite right?


Grammar is up to 25% bollocks anyway. Like percentage statistics.

03/07/2013 at 09:11

The example Leah gave is "I was sat", not "I sat".

03/07/2013 at 09:13

Surely if you extended the sentence a little it might be right?

"I was sat thinking abou things when I suddenly realised..."

Oh and since this is a thread about english (please dont correct mine) but its spelt definitely. As in finite.

03/07/2013 at 09:18

Nope, it's still wrong It's either:

"I sat, thinking about things..."

"I was sitting, thinking about things..."

Perhaps the best way to explain it is: "was" = in the past and "sat" = in the past, therefore you don't need to use both. The word "sat" has already done the job  for you.

Anyway, I can't believe Wilkie hasn't posted yet 

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 09:21
03/07/2013 at 09:21

'course Screamy is right!! And I'm not even British...

Edited: 03/07/2013 at 09:21
03/07/2013 at 09:41

You could in theory have "I was sat" if to sit is being used as a transitive verb. I was sat and was thinking ... ie, someone had sat me down and I was thinking. Bu this is stretching it a bit.

As given, the example is incorrect.

03/07/2013 at 10:03

Not really, you are still using "sat" and "was" together.

In the scenario you gave you would say it as you said it, "Bill sat me down and I was thinking..."

Or you'd say "I was asked to sit and I was thinking..."

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