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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