stood vs stayed : Common Errors in English

About stood vs stayed

In standard English, “stayed” is the past tense of “stay,” and “stood” is the past tense of “stand.” If you speak a dialect which uses “stood” for the past tense of “stayed” and want to switch to standard usage, try changing your sentence to the present tense to check: “I stood still” becomes “I stand still.” But “I stood up past midnight” becomes “I stay up,” not ”I stand up.” So you should say “I stayed up past midnight” and “I stayed in the best hotel in town.”The popular saying “I shoulda stood in bed” conjures up an amusing image, but it’s not a model for standard usage.

stood Meaning(s)

  • (n) a support or foundation
  • (n) the position where a thing or person stands
  • (n) a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
  • (n) a small table for holding articles of various kinds
  • (n) a support for displaying various articles
  • (n) an interruption of normal activity
  • (n) a mental position from which things are viewed
  • (n) a booth where articles are displayed for sale
  • (n) a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
  • (n) tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
  • (n) a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
  • (n) a defensive effort
  • (v) be standing; be upright
  • (v) be in some specified state or condition
  • (v) occupy a place or location, also metaphorically
  • (v) hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
  • (v) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • (v) have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
  • (v) remain inactive or immobile
  • (v) be in effect; be or remain in force
  • (v) be tall; have a height of; copula
  • (v) put into an upright position
  • (v) withstand the force of something
  • (v) be available for stud services

stood in News

  1. A CEO's hardest choice

    On the morning of Friday, May 24, former SuccessFactors CEO Lars Dalgaard stood in front of several hundred employees in a dark suit and an ivory-colored tie. The normally dressed-down executive was known for his rambling, town-hall-style speeches; this one would be his last.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN Money

  2. Tuukka Rask on Game 1 loss to Blackhawks: ‘We just gave it away’

    CHICAGO -- Tuukka Rask stood in front of his stall in the Boston Bruins locker room and summed up their Game 1 triple-overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks concisely. "We had the game," said Rask. "We were up 3-1 in … Continue reading ?
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Puck Daddy via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Warner Stood Down After Alleged Altercation With England Player

    Cricket Australia said batsman David Warner was stood down from today’s Champions Trophy one-day match against New Zealand after he was reported for breaching its code of behavior.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

stayed in News

  1. Italy’s 10-Year Bonds Stay Higher After Nation Auctions Debt

    Italian 10-year government bonds stayed higher as the nation sold 4.9 billion euros debt due in 2016 and 2028.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  2. Ariel Castro pleads not guilty to 329 counts of rape and kidnapping

    Castro stayed silent as his attorney entered the plea to 329 charges, including rape, assault and kidnapping.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: GlobalPost

  3. Gay Marshall- ‘Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night’

    Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night is the second album from unconventional and passionate singer Gay Marshall. read more
    on June 11, 2013 Source:

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