They sat or were seated?

I don’t know what the correct wording is here at Yahoo News, I just know this is wrong:

Either were sat should be simply sat or were sat should be were seated.  The implication of each is different, so the reader is left wondering if the subjects were told where to sit. Or maybe the editor is just grammatically impaired.

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3 Responses to “They sat or were seated?”

  1. Renata Fernandes Says:

    Haha maybe. I’m Brazilian, currently studying Translation. I’ve recently come across that distinction and was wondering if you could confirm one thing: “were seated” could mean that someone told them where to sit, right?


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