"I was sat" is incorrect!

(100 Posts)
forshitsandgiggles Tue 10-Apr-12 02:23:40

Does anyone else want to scream/throw things upon hearing the increasingly common misuse of the past participle? It has become the norm for people to say "he was SAT over there..." when it should be "he was sitting over there" or "we were led down" no, you were "lying down", you daft muppets.

Sorry to rant but I'm sick of hearing this and wonder if it bothers anybody else? I always use a particular example to illustrate this point. You would always say "I was swimming" and not "I was swam", as the latter sounds, frankly, ridiculous.

Fayrazzled Tue 10-Apr-12 05:56:04

Well, if you're posting in the pedants' corner, shouldn't it be "we were laid down" in your example, not "led down" if the next part of your example is "lying down"?

Fraktal Tue 10-Apr-12 06:01:02

He was sat can be correct. Last night my DS was sat in his high chair because its not an action he undertook!

But I see your point and it's annoying.

MsNorbury Tue 10-Apr-12 08:03:41

So agree. Is a marker of a thicko

Savannahgirl Tue 10-Apr-12 08:23:04

Quite agree with you OP, my DSs have picked it up at school and I'm always correcting them on it. It drives me nuts and I sound like a broken record.

Another one that irritates me is the old "X and me" vs^ "X and I"^ as in "Fred and me went swimming".

I tell my DSs, you wouldn't say "Me went swimming" it would be "I went swimming", so when you add another person to the equation, that doesn't change!

I don't think my kids ever get through a whole sentance without me interrupting to correct their grammar grin

BIWI Tue 10-Apr-12 08:35:33

Is it not a dialect thing? I think it's a way of speaking that you hear a lot in the North. (I'm from Leeds).

In which case it isn't incorrect!

HandMadeTail Tue 10-Apr-12 08:38:36

Is grammar descriptive, or prescriptive?

DaisySteiner Tue 10-Apr-12 08:40:24

The old 'X and me' thing is being increasingly overused though. I often hear people say things like 'My parents sent a present to my husband and I' Aaargh, NO!

PuffPants Tue 10-Apr-12 08:55:37

It's not a northern thing, all sorts of people from all sorts of places have bad grammar.

It makes me cringe.

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 08:56:35

My mum gets in a lather about "she was sat on the chair".

DH says "I'm going for a lay down" which makes me grind my teeth a bit.

jkklpu Tue 10-Apr-12 08:58:17

It's a regional variation, so it's correct in some parts of the country, even if it winds up others. "We were led down" is nothing to do with lying, however, so don't follow that - either from "lead" or you mean "we were lain down".

Savannahgirl Tue 10-Apr-12 09:12:28

I've heard it said as "led down", jkkipu, I think to mean "laid down"

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 09:17:00

Presumably the people posting that they don't like it, are not in parts of the country where it is the usual way of speaking. We are in SE and although many people say "he was sat over there" it is not a regional thing it is just poor use of English.

If led down is for laid down is for lie down then that is a double whammy!

FullBeam Tue 10-Apr-12 09:18:31

I agree with you, OP. I also find 'I was sat' really annoying. It seems to be so widely used that people think it is correct.

I have the same feelings about 'I done it.'

anniewoo Tue 10-Apr-12 09:26:07

I hate hate hate ' she done it' or 'I done it'. Is it a particularly Irish thing? I am Irish (living in Ireland) and it makes me cringe as our education system is apparently good yet this is becoming the norm. Do British people use it? ' Bored of ' is another one. I blame the primary teachers- if they don't lead the way and teach correct grammar how will children learn it. Sorry for the rant.

Savannahgirl Tue 10-Apr-12 09:29:45

I agree with you Sardine.

My DS's get frustrated that I'm always correcting them and tell me "It's what you say, not how you say it, that matters!"

I repeatedly have to keep telling them that the way you say something is every bit as important as what you are saying and will influence how others, especially prospective employers, see you.

imogengladheart Tue 10-Apr-12 09:38:26

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 09:45:45

But clearly people are not getting irritated about people talking about babies being sat in high chairs or people being led down a path.

clam Tue 10-Apr-12 10:05:49

I got into a futile argument with a bed salesman about a manufactured label in the store that said, "come and lay down on this bed," or something similar. He tried to maintain that it was perfectly correct.
Didn't buy it in the end.

PuffPants Tue 10-Apr-12 11:29:56

SardineQueen, just because a lot of people say it doesn't make it grammatically correct. That just means a lot of people are wrong.

Northey Tue 10-Apr-12 11:32:40

> Is grammar descriptive, or prescriptive?

Prescriptive, handmadetail. Linguistics is the descriptive one.

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 12:19:53

confused puffpants that is what I said.

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 12:20:46

Or are you talking about people who speak with dialects?

I'm not fussed about dialects / local turns of phrase. I think they are a good thing TBH.

ZZZenAgain Tue 10-Apr-12 12:28:29

I don't see how you can "be sat in a chair". Some people have said that "he was sat" can be correct but I don't see how it can be. What form is that supposed to be? It would be "he sat in his chair" (simple past) or "he was sitting in his chair" (past progressive) IMO. If it is a passive form, I would say "he was seated" or more likely "he was placed/put in a chair"

SardineQueen Tue 10-Apr-12 12:45:31

"Where's the doll?"
"I've sat her in the pram"

That's what they are thinking of.

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