April 27th, 2009

boytouch

Answer: was/is sat

Is "was/is sat" correct?
Harry was sat at the far end of the seventh years, closest to the Staff Table.
(This usage is commonly heard in Britain, so I'll use examples from Harry Potter.)

There are two problems with this usage of "sat." The first is that the construction sounds passive, as if Hagrid had picked Harry up and plopped him down in place. The second is that "sat" is the simple past tense of the verb "to sit," not a participle. Collapse )