Misused Words

Set and Sit

Set means to put or to place.

The hostess set the bowl of flowers on the table.

Sit means to be seated.

The child was told to sit on the chair for two hours as punishment.

Note: To understand these two verbs, you need to know the principal parts of the verbs.

The principal parts of the verbs set and sit

Present tense Present participle Past tense Past participle
set setting set set
I set the table now. I am setting the table. I set the table yesterday. I had set the table last week.
sit sitting sat sat
I sit on the chair now. I am sitting on the chair. I sat on the chair yesterday. I had sat on the chair last week.
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Please (set, sit) the package by the door.

(2) Do you have to (set, sit) on my chair?

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