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We sit at a desk to write a letter.
We seat at a desk to write a letter.
He seated the passengers one by one.
He sat the passengers one by one.

Use sit as an intransitive verb. Seat is a transitive verb and requires an object. Very often the object of seat is a reflexive pronoun: He seated himself near the fire. The principal parts of the two verbs are: sit, sat, sat, and seat, seated, seated.

Don't confuse sit with set, which usually means to place. Common idioms with set: to set the table, to set on fire, to set off (or out), to set a trap, to set a clock, to set a price, to set your heart on, to set free, to set an example, to set a broken bone, to set to work (= to start work).

I must avenge myself for what he did to me!
I must take revenge for what he did to me!

Avenge and revenge oneself are now only found in literary English. We usually use take revenge (on). We might also say: He must have his revenge.

We picked up flowers in the garden.
We picked flowers in the garden.
The naughty boy picked a stone.
The naughty boy picked up a stone

To pick fruit or flowers means to pull them away with the fingers, to pick up means to lift up from the ground. The important element is that what is picked up isn't attached.

Oliver cares about his brother's investments.
Oliver takes care of his brother's investments.

Care about means to like and be concerned about something or someone. Take care of means to look after someone or something: You should take care of your children, or do something to remedy a problem: I think I should take care of that broken pane of glass. Care for means to look after: I cared
for you when you were ill. Care for can also mean to be fond of someone or something: William really cares for geraniums, though this use is rather old-fashioned.

Avoid also such expressions as: (1) He doesn't care for my advice, (2) He doesn't care for his work, (3) He took no care of him, (4) No one cared for him during his illness. Say : (1) He pays no attention to my advice, (2) He takes no care over his work, (3) He took no notice of him, (4) No one took care of him during his illness.

I was listening to her CDs.
I was hearing her CDs.

To listen to may also means to think carefully about what someone say: Gerry always listens to his mother.

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