Lie and lay always catch me out, thanks for this article, Connie 🤔
Every now and then, the most paradoxical mystery in the written universe rears its head—the question, “Is it lay, lie, or what?” Today we will revisit one of the more misused verbs in the English language: the many tenses and uses of the verb ‘lay.’
In the written narrative, the many forms of this verb are what antimatter is to ordinary matter. When used improperly, things unravel. The problem is, we routinely use the words lay and lie and all their forms incorrectly as a matter of habit in our daily speech.
We are accustomed to hearing the wrong use of verb forms in conversation. However, we notice incorrect usage when reading. This paradox causes confusion for our readers when we misuse the verb “lay” and all its tenses in a narrative.
Don’t feel alone in this. Even editors struggle with the words lay, lie, and laid…
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Connie got me too, Chris! I will instantely head over to learn the differences, and how i can memorize it. xx Michael
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❤ Thank you for the kind words, Chris!
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