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Please help resolve a dispute between my partner and me.

The other day, I sent my partner a text explains that 'I would rather be sat in the pub drinking a beer' to which I was corrected that I should have used 'sitting' instead of 'sat'. I'm pretty sure both are proper English but she disagrees and says using 'sat' is lazy. Help!

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    "Be sat" is correct if you are one year old and were plunked down in a high chair. – Stephie Sep 20 '15 at 9:16
  • They mean different things (and more trickily, the word be means different things in these contexts) but I can't understand how one would be 'lazy'! – curiousdannii Sep 20 '15 at 11:20
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    Where are you from? In parts of north England, for example, people do use the expression was sat instead of was sitting. "I'd rather sat" and "I'd rather be sat" is perhaps considered dialectal. This is only comment because I do not know enough to write a full answer, so bear that in mind. – Mari-Lou A Sep 20 '15 at 12:32
  • It's'between my partner and me,' although I know that isn't what you were asking. ;) – Adam Hrankowski Sep 21 '15 at 5:06
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'Be sitting' probably matches your intention. 'Be sat,' although awkward, could imply someone physically forced you to sit there.

  • Hmm, but what other ways can the active voice be removed from the sentence "I would rather be sitting in the pub drinking a beer"? – Pacerier Sep 21 '15 at 5:41

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