• anonymous
Hi everyone. I'm an ESL teachet in Colombia, South America and I would like to know the difference between "sit" and "sit down" if there is any. If you could provide me with a couple of examples in context I'd much appreciate it. Thanks so much.
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  • rainbow
Sit down includes a directional detail and associates with a more intentional stop. There is also the saying "are you sitting down?" that leads to a statement of something serious or shocking news and then a discussion.
  • rainbow
Sit down is also used in describing a sit down meal meaning a more formal dinner where people sit at the table to be served (or dishes are passed around) versus a casual reception and/or buffet where people stand and serve themselves. Fast food restaurants are self-serve and the customer takes away their own food to find their own seating. A sit down restaurant is where waiters serve you.
  • Preetha
1. Situation where there is no difference: Tom asked me to sit. = Tom asked me to sit down. or Imperative tense: "Sit" said the teacher. = "Sit down" said the teacher. Same. 2. Different meanings. Cannot use one instead of the other. We are going to a sit down dinner. (We will be seated, it is not a buffet style). Cannot say, We are going to a sit dinner.

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