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    Default The clothes (lying/laid) on

    Does only "lying" work here? What about "laid"? "laid" also seems to work as a passive voice of a transitive verb meaning "The clothes (which is) laid by (someone)"

    ex)The clothes (lying/laid) on the floor belong to me.

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    Default Re: The clothes (lying/laid) on

    They both work, and so does the shorter 'The clothes on the floor belong to me'.

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    Default Re: The clothes (lying/laid) on

    "Laid" suggests deliberate placement. Most people don't "lay" their clothes on the floor in some sort of arrangement.

    I confess that I drop my clothes on the floor instead of placing them in the hamper. Once dropped (or even tossed) on the floor, they lie there until I gather them up.

    Unless you want to suggest the careful, deliberate placement of the garments, use "lying."

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