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Sitting? Eating? Or doing both?

Let me simplify this one for you. See, we can sit and thereby be sitting. We can also do something while we are sitting. Like read a book while we are sitting. But there are some things we simply cannot do, like sitting ‘for or to’ do something.

Initially, I thought it was only a few people, who say something like this. Over time, I have heard it from numerous people cutting across states and regions. And then recently, a friend of mine was over for lunch, and after chatting for a bit exclaimed, “Can we sit for lunch? I am hungry.”

You can guess where that came from. Absolutely! It’s the influence of Indian languages on the way we construct our English sentences. In this case, this is a cool rip off of ‘खाना खाने बैठे?’

What works here are some really simple and grammatically correct options such as ‘Let’s eat! I am hungry!’ or ‘Can we eat, please? I am hungry!’

So remember, you can be sitting while you are eating, but you can’t really sit to eat 🙂

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Sandeep Nulkar Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, BITS Private Limited Sandeep Nulkar heads one of India’s largest translation and localisation companies. He is a linguist by passion, businessman by choice and author by circumstances. Over the past decade, he has been working closely with the corporate world and with students and the academia to bring credibility and recognition to the Indian translator within and outside India.