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Quick lay/lie help ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Clever username, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    He lay/laid there looking up at the sky ....... which is it?

    I think it's lay but it just reads so weird. Stupid grammar.
  2. WazzuGrad00

    WazzuGrad00 Guest

    it's lay. It's only "laid" when referring to placing something.
  3. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

  4. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Or when talking about the diverse plotlines on network TV today.
  5. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I thought this thread was going to be about BYH.
  6. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member


    It's lie and lied.

    Chickens LAY eggs. And the chicken LAID an egg.

    You LIE on the ground. And you LIED there for a while.

    1. to be in a horizontal, recumbent, or prostrate position, as on a bed or the ground; recline.

    So, to answer your question: He LIE/LIED there looking up at the sky
  7. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Um, what in the hell are you talking about?
  8. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Exactly what the guy asked. He asked if it's lay/laid there looking at the sky.

    The answer is neither.

    It's LIE or LIED there looking at the sky.
  9. devils_claw

    devils_claw Member

    except you're wrong.
    the conjugation of lie is as follows: lie-lay-lain
    the conjugation of lay is: lay-laid-laid.

    since lay means to put or to place, and lie means to recline along a horizontal plane, the sentence should read "he lay there looking at the sky," assuming, of course, it was written in the past tense.
  10. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    What he or she said.
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