set vs sit : Common Errors in English

About set vs sit

In some dialects people say “come on in and set a spell,” but instandard English the word is “sit.” You set down an object or a childyou happen to be carrying; but those seating themselves sit. If you mix these two up it will not sit well with some people.

set Meaning(s)

  • (n) a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used
  • (n) (mathematics) an abstract collection of numbers or symbols
  • (n) several exercises intended to be done in series
  • (n) representation consisting of the scenery and other properties used to identify the location of a dramatic production
  • (n) an unofficial association of people or groups
  • (n) a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
  • (n) the act of putting something in position
  • (n) a unit of play in tennis or squash
  • (n) the process of becoming hard or solid by cooling or drying or crystallization
  • (n) evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  • (n) the descent of a heavenly body below the horizon
  • (n) (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
  • (n) any electronic equipment that receives or transmits radio or tv signals
  • (v) put into a certain place or abstract location
  • (v) fix conclusively or authoritatively
  • (v) decide upon or fix definitely
  • (v) establish as the highest level or best performance
  • (v) put into a certain state; cause to be in a certain state
  • (v) fix in a border
  • (v) make ready or suitable or equip in advance for a particular purpose or for some use, event, etc
  • (v) set to a certain position or cause to operate correctly
  • (v) locate
  • (v) disappear beyond the horizon
  • (v) adapt for performance in a different way
  • (v) put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground
  • (v) apply or start
  • (v) become gelatinous
  • (v) set in type
  • (v) put into a position that will restore a normal state
  • (v) insert (a nail or screw below the surface, as into a countersink)
  • (v) give a fine, sharp edge to a knife or razor
  • (v) urge to attack someone
  • (v) estimate
  • (v) equip with sails or masts
  • (v) get ready for a particular purpose or event
  • (v) alter or regulate so as to achieve accuracy or conform to a standard
  • (v) bear fruit
  • (v) arrange attractively
  • (s) (usually followed by `to' or `for') on the point of or strongly disposed
  • (s) fixed and unmoving
  • (s) situated in a particular spot or position
  • (s) set down according to a plan:
  • (s) being below the horizon
  • (s) determined or decided upon as by an authority
  • (s) converted to solid form (as concrete)

sit Meaning(s)

  • (v) be seated
  • (v) be around, often idly or without specific purpose
  • (v) take a seat
  • (v) be in session
  • (v) assume a posture as for artistic purposes
  • (v) sit and travel on the back of animal, usually while controlling its motions
  • (v) be located or situated somewhere
  • (v) work or act as a baby-sitter
  • (v) show to a seat; assign a seat for
  • (v) serve in a specific professional capacity

set in News

  1. Trial date set for stripper in fatal DUI case

    A judge set a trial date for later this month in the case of a Las Vegas stripper accused of driving under the influence in a deadly crash.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FOX 5 Las Vegas

  2. Fiat Said Set to Reach $2.6 Billion Refinancing Deal

    Fiat SpA (F) is set to sign a deal with nine banks this month to refinance 1.95 billion euros ($2.6 billion) in credit to prepare to buy the remaining stake in Chrysler Group LLC, two people familiar with the matter said.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Renault set to power four teams next season

    PARIS (Reuters) - Renault expect to power four Formula One teams next season with Red Bull's two confirmed and Caterham and Lotus set to renew soon, Renault Sport F1 director Jean-Michel Jalinier said on Thursday. The French manufacturer, who have helped Red Bull sweep up the last three constructors' titles, will supply the champions' sister team Toro Rosso next season when a new V6 unit ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Sports

sit in News

  1. NY1 Exclusive: Sit-Down Restaurant Hopes To Serve A Boatload Of Ferry Riders

    After months of finessing the plans, the owner of River Dock Cafe, the first sit-down restaurant at the St. George Ferry Terminal, is giving NY1 an exclusive sneak peek at what the eatery will look like when it opens later this year.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: NY1 News

  2. Griffins Defenseman May Sit Out Game 4 Following Concussion

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Griffins Defenseman Adam Almquist may sit out the potential Calder Cup-winning game on Friday because of a concussion he sustained during Game 3 of the series. According to Almquist, he blacked out after a …
    on June 14, 2013 Source: FOX 17 Grand Rapids

  3. Pilots of Egypt's national carrier stage sit-in protest, disrupt flights

    CAIRO — A senior official with Egypt's national carrier says the company's pilots have staged a sit-in protest that has delayed several flights.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

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