Sit vs. Set
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...and repeat the rule for "sit" versus "set" until you can no longer hear the
sound of singing nuns. Here's what you need to know for this grammar
..."set" requires a direct object...
...and "sit" does not. Maria the novice nun sits on a pine cone during
a Von Trapp family dinner.
Liesl sat in the gazebo with her wannabe Nazi boyfriend.
See? No direct objects follow "sit". Captain Von Trapp set his cattle prod on the
...then Maria set it in the garbage. Clearly, nuns and war heroes have very different ideas
about how to discipline children.
The Von Trapp children secretly set the clothes Maria made them on fire. We would, too. Those
lederhosen were a crime against fashion.
In these examples, direct objects follow the word "set".
If you're having trouble remembering that "set" requires a direct object...
...and "sit" does not...
...just try this trick. Imagine that you have a dog.
Imagine commanding your imaginary dog to "Sit!" There's no direct object needed here...
...because all you want is for your imaginary dog to put its imaginary rear on the ground.
Now that you've got a grasp on this grammar rule, it's time to decide whether to set your
teeth and sit through 180 minutes of musical hell...
...or hide in your blanket fort. We won't think you're a coward if you go with Option Two.