Will the grammar troll give us a comprehensive review?
Lie v. Lay
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/14/2013|
"Lie" is for people and animals.
"Lay" is for objects.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/27/2013|
"To lie" is an intransitive verb meaning to be in a horizontal position. I'm lying on the couch.
"To lay" is a transitive verb meaning to put (something) in a place. I'm laying the money onto the counter.
Confusion arises because "lay" is also the past tense form of "to lie". I lay (= was lying) on the couch.
It's also the subjunctive form of "to lie", used in English as the protasis in a conditional sentence. If I lay here.. would you lie with me?
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/27/2013|
VotN is joking, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||02/27/2013|
You lie down. (intransitive)
You lay a baby down. (transitive)
|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/27/2013|
I always get this right, but I don't know how to explain it.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/27/2013|
My straight married FB told a lie to his wife last night in order to come to my place for a mind-blowing lay.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/27/2013|
discrete and discreet
sensual and sensuous
Hurry,I wanna make a CL post.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/27/2013|
discrete = "separate"
discreet = "can keep a secret"
|by Anonymous||reply 8||02/27/2013|
Ignore the usually accurate (but not here) VOTN, who may or may not be kidding. Since, obviously, people get laid all the time.
R2 has it.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/27/2013|
Jesus, you idiots. Lie is present tense, i.e. I need to lie down after reading these posts. Lay is past tense, i.e., yesterday in the warm sunshine, I lay outside in my chaise.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/27/2013|
Ken Lay Lied, and then he Died only to LIVE another Day.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/27/2013|
R10, you're half right, but there is a verb "to lay" that is etymologically unrelated to the "lay" that is the preterite of "to lie." That's why lots of native English speakers get confused.
Don't make me "Oh, dear" you, but your calling us idiots makes me very tempted.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/27/2013|
Well, except going way back to the Proto-Indo-European stage.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/27/2013|
"Now I lay me down to sleep"
This is grammatically indefensible, is it not?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||03/01/2013|
Lay Lady Lay
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/01/2013|
[quote]"Now I lay me down to sleep"
[quote]This is grammatically indefensible, is it not?
No, it's correct because it's transitive. (Or reflexive, if you want to get technical.)
In modern English we wouldn't use an object at all, so the intransitive "lie" or "lie down" would be more idiomatic today.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||03/01/2013|
Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down
|by Anonymous||reply 17||03/01/2013|
It's Friday night. The grammar troll is busy getting drunk and laid.
I don't know, because the grammar troll isn't here to elaborate.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||03/01/2013|
I have lain with men and I liked it. I liked it.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/01/2013|
Good god! I'm even more confused now. I'm going to avoid using the terms all together!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/01/2013|
I lived as both.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/01/2013|
Democrats get laid.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||03/01/2013|
Don't forget about chickens -- the ones I know each lay an egg every morning. And this is the season for birds of all kinds to build nests & lay a clutch of several eggs -- looking forward to ducklings in about a month!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/01/2013|
My hair is LAYED huntyy!
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/02/2013|
"Would you Lay me Down in a Field of Stone, and I will Lie with you Forever."
If it is wrong it should not be. Let's have some fun with words. I ask my friends to correct my grammar though I have a high degree of a certain education. I take all corrections with the best Italian grace, but I speak in the tongue of song and passion.
I do like to know what is correct just in case I am laying a liar.
Some of us still fuck...please advise.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/14/2013|
If you were laying, there would be eggs.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/14/2013|