When the lie versus lay pages came out, I had a few requests for more confusing word pairs. So here is the second pair in this series: sit and set. (I have plans to create rise versus raise and affect versus effect as well.)
You can sit down and sit up, but you cannot sit an object. That’s because sit is an intransitive verb. It never takes an object.
You can use sit to mean
- pose (sits for a picture)
- be located (sits on a hill)
- rest (sit on a bench)
- serve in a position (sits on the court).
Set, on the other hand, does take an object. Set means to put or place. And you have to put a thing. You can’t just put. (The only exception is when set means to gel as in “If the gelatin is too watery, put it back in the refrigerator to fully set.”)
As always, I love to hear when you use the free printables from The Notebooking Fairy in your homeschool. If you send me photos, I will feature you in a Show Off post.