The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'seating' and 'sitting'?

What is the difference between 'seating' and 'sitting'?

What is the difference between 'seating' and 'sitting'?

The words seating and sitting are often confused by writers. We'll help you to understand the difference.

Sitting means resting with the body supported by buttocks and thighs or being located upon when used as a verb.

Seating means the provision of chairs or other places for people to sit when used as a noun.

Seating is also used as a verb. It means to cause to sit down, to usher to a seat.

A good way to remember the difference is I am sItting down.

Out of the two words, 'sitting' is the most common. It appears about 14 times more frequently than 'seating'.



It's easy to confuse words with similar sounds and spellings, especially when they are close in definition.

Sitting is a verb that means "resting in a seated position, located or situated upon."

Seating can be used as a noun that refers to "the act of placing people in seats or all the seats in a theater or auditorium." It can also be used as a verb to mean "causing to sit down or esccorting a person to their seat."

What's the right phrase 'roomy brick edifice seating' or 'roomy brick edifice sitting'?

The right expression is 'roomy brick edifice seating'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct phrase 'a seating capacity of' or 'a sitting capacity of'?

The correct expression is 'a seating capacity of'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct phrase 'airlines furnish seating charts' or 'airlines furnish sitting charts'?

The correct expression is 'airlines furnish seating charts'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Should it be 'with a seating capacity' or 'with a sitting capacity'?

The right expression is 'with a seating capacity'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Which is right 'Jim Crow seating arrangements' or 'Jim Crow sitting arrangements'?

You should use 'Jim Crow seating arrangements'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Is the correct expression 'we're sitting ducks' or 'we're seating ducks'?

The correct phrase is 'we're sitting ducks'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

What's the correct phrase 'sitting on the fence' or 'seating on the fence'?

You should use 'sitting on the fence'. These phrases are often confused by writers.

Some synonyms of seating are: servicing, seating room, seat area, ushering, escorting.

Some synonyms of sitting are: perching, resting.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of seatingDictionary Definition of sitting

Examples of seating in a sentence

I assumed they weren’t seating people for dinner because not everyone was there yet.
- Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
The men answered in order of their seating.
- Fire Ice by Clive Cussler; Paul Kemprecos
So, limited audience seating, sky-high demand.
- Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
The sound of laughter drew her attention to the sidewalk seating of a popular eatery to her right.
- Hot for Him by Mayberry, Sarah
Area in a church containing the altar and seating for clergy and choir.
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon

Examples of sitting in a sentence

A bunch of satyrs were sitting in a circle in the grass.
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
If he noticed the girl sitting on the far edge of the pool he made no sign.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
Sitting back down heavily on the ground, he watched people rushing around, calling for help.
- Secret Weapon Spouse by B. J. Daniels
The thing is just sitting up there in its case.
- In the night room: a novel by Peter Straub
Garion watched curiously from the window of his sitting room until he could stand it no longer.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings

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