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Author: Myownigloo Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 13999  
Subject: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/2/2013 8:17 PM
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I have been watching seasons worth of British TV, namely Great British Ghosts, on Hulu.

The first time I heard this, it was uttered by someone with a strong regional accent, so I figured it was regional.

"I was sat there on the chair...."

The next episode, someone else used it the same way in a different region.

I've watched 12 or 13 episodes by now and in every single one, someone has used this passive reflective way of saying what we Americans would say "was sitting."

Charming, really, but I'd never heard it before.

MOI
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Author: scaryblondechick Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12814 of 13999
Subject: Re: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/3/2013 12:28 AM
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http://vimeo.com/42025594

You only need watch the teaser - 01:45.

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Author: Myownigloo Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12815 of 13999
Subject: Re: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/3/2013 12:57 AM
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http://vimeo.com/42025594

You only need watch the teaser - 01:45.


Hardy har har. One of my favorite scenes. Would that it could be so -- grammar reversal on pain of death.

Anyway, this phenom of which I speak in the OP was much more charming and sounded as though it was probably correct in British English. Or maybe in middle class British English. Dunno, do I?

MOI

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Author: scaryblondechick Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12816 of 13999
Subject: Re: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/3/2013 2:00 AM
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Oh, well, fine then.

http://www.englishforums.com/English/SatOrSitting/bkbnw/post...

p.s. - no snark intended.

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Subject: Re: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/3/2013 2:04 AM
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Would that it could be so -- grammar reversal on pain of death.

How I have longed.

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Author: Myownigloo Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 12818 of 13999
Subject: Re: British English "Was Sat" Date: 1/3/2013 1:08 PM
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Oh, well, fine then.

http://www.englishforums.com/English/SatOrSitting/bkbnw/post......

p.s. - no snark intended.


Ah hah!

My question has been thoroughly answered, and I am newly enlightened.

Thank you!

MOI

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