Sit Versus Set Notebooking Pages

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Sit vs. Set Notebooking Pages FREE from the Notebooking Pages

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).
But sit does not take an object. It often is followed by an adverb or a prepositional phrase, but an object? No. (There are exceptions to everything, right? When you say, “Sit your bottom down,” sit actually is taking an object — your bottom. But isn’t that what SIT means in the first place? And the point here is choosing whether to use sit or set.)

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.

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Jimmie Quick

Jimmie is now a veteran homeschool mom. Her daughter Emma is a student of the sciences at a large university in Illinois. Her guide to notebooking—Notebooking Success—guides you through notebooking: what it is; how to use it; how it fits a Charlotte Mason, classical, and textbook curriculum; tips for getting the most educational value from it; and much more. It comes bundled with several bonuses, including a small set of generic notebooking pages that can be used with any topic.

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