I was sat, we were sat (sat or seated?)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by audiolaik, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. audiolaik

    audiolaik Senior Member


    I've been wondering whether or not the following interpretation could be considered correct. Have a look at the sentence below:

    "He didn't turn up on time and I was sat there waiting for half an hour."

    The very first though that crossed my mind was that someone must have sat me, which is the active form of the sentence in bold. Of course, according to Standard English, the form is wrong, and one would expect to say I was sitting. However, could one analyse the phrase to be sat in the sentence provided as an adjective?

    Thank you!
  2. Specko New Member

    English - USA
    No; in order to fulfill that function, it would be correctly expressed, "I was seated there." One usually hears, "I sat there waiting for half an hour."
  3. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)

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