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    Dear,

    A student of mine has written this sentence and I felt that there is something awkward in it. I don't know what it is. I hope you can point the problem with sentence. It could be just diction.

    While I was lying on my bed, a friend texted me

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    Default Re: Grammatically correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by nouamaneer View Post
    Dear,

    A student of mine has written this sentence and I felt that there is something awkward in it. I don't know what it is. I hope you can point the problem with sentence. It could be just diction.

    While I was lying on my bed, a friend texted me

    Thanks,

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    (1) I do not have the confidence to answer your question.

    (2) But I just wanted to congratulate your student on using "lying."

    (3) I DO have the confidence to say that many (most?) Americans

    of all ages would have written "laying." (Absolutely horrible!)

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    Default Re: Grammatically correct??

    Quote Originally Posted by nouamaneer View Post
    Dear,

    A student of mine has written this sentence and I felt that there is something awkward in it. I don't know what it is. I hope you can point the problem with sentence. It could be just diction.

    While I was lying on my bed, a friend texted me

    Thanks,
    It's fine. However I'd rather use "when" instead of "while". And we normally say "lie in" but "lie on" is correct too, with a slightly different meaning. It means "sb is not in bed for sleeping maybe sitting on the bed to talk on the phone."

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    Default Re: Grammatically correct??

    "Lying on" the bed would mean on top of the covers/blankets. "Lying in" bed would be under the covers.

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