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Set and Sit

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The transitive verb set means "to put" or "to place"; it takes a direct object, and its principal forms are set, set, and set.

The intransitive verb sit means "to be seated"; it does not take a direct object, and its principal forms are sit, sat, and sat.

Examples:

  • Last night I set the table for dinner. When I sat down for dinner, only my cat joined me.

  • "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." (Henry David Thoreau)

Practice:

(a) If a man knew anything, he would _____ in a corner and be modest.

(b) Have you _____ any goals for the new year?

Answers to Practice Exercises

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