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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2021 12:44:13 PM

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In Russian we say "I sat at home yesterday" which means I spent my time staying at home yesterday. Am I correct that it's not how you say it in English? Would you say

"I sat at home yesterday"
"I sat at home all on my own yesterday"
"I was sitting at home all on my own"

If no, how would you say that?
tautophile
Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:10:50 PM
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In English, "I sat at home yesterday" is perfectly normal and colloquial. Actually, it would be more colloquial as "I stayed at home yesterday" (i.e., I did not go out, did not leave the house or flat) or "I stayed home yesterday".

The sentence "I sat at home all on my own yesterday" means that you were home alone, and you could modify it to "I stayed home alone yesterday" if you wish.

"I was sitting at home all on my own" is OK, but it sounds incomplete. You might want to say what happened: "I was sitting at home all on my own, when Tanya knocked at the door".
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Sunday, May 2, 2021 3:29:02 PM

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I remember my mom saying that many years ago. All it meant was that she was home all day yesterday, with no visitors, and nothing out of the ordinary to do.
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