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    Question Phrasal Verb "lies In"

    Howdy, folks.

    I have a question about the phrasal verb "lies in", or "lie in", as in having a basis in. Example: His strength lies in his serenity.

    I have learned that the preposition or adverb are treated as particles, and are not modified by tense or number. But what about the verb itself? Is it treated as a particle also?

    Example 1: There is pure stillness, and in that stillness lies our joy and peace.
    Example 2: There is pure stillness, and in that stillness lie our joy and peace.

    Which is correct?

    And no, I don't teach English, and no, this is not my homework.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Peace,
    Arc

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "lies In"

    The verb continues to show tense and number.

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "lies In"

    Howdy, folks.

    Hi, Tdol. Thanks for your reply.

    Just for clarification, you are telling me that the correct version is:

    There is pure stillness, and in that stillness lie our joy and peace.

    Or, more simply, ...our joy and peace lie in that stillness.

    Thanks,

    Arc

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    Default Re: Phrasal Verb "lies In"

    You could use the singular "lies" if you consider "joy and peace" together as one notion. Either one would sound fine:
    Our joy and peace lie in that stillness.
    Our joy and peace lies in that stillness.

    And somehow I would have a slight preference for "lies" in the inverted version:
    There is pure stillness, and in that stillness lies our joy and peace.

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