This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

I’ve heard some peo­ple con­fus­ing the words sit­ting and seat­ing. Here’s the dif­fer­ence between the two.


Seat­ing refers to how seats are laid out.

The seat­ing arrange­ment is fan-shaped.


Sit­ting refers to how one sits.

The sit­ting arrange­ment will be on the floor rather than on din­ing chairs.

In oth­er words, sit­ting is what you do and seat­ing is where you do it.

A sim­ple trick for remem­ber­ing this is the phrase “I sit.” Both words have an I in it, and the phrase describes what you’re doing.

Which words do you con­fuse? Let me know in the com­ments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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