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    What two word would u use in this sentence ?
    Were laying
    Lying
    Were lying
    Were laid
    Was laid

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    Re: correct grammar

    It depends on what I wanted to say and the context:

    "My wife and I were laying on the couch" - in casual speech.
    "My wife and I were lying on the couch" - in formal speech.
    "My wallet and keys were laying on the counter" - in casual or formal situations.
    "My wallet and keys were laid on the counter" - emphasizes that someone put them there.
    "My wallet was laid on the counter" - again emphasizing that someone did this, but this time there's only one item.

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    Re: correct grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by schoolstudent View Post
    What two words would you use in this sentence? what sentence?

    Were laying
    Lying
    Were lying
    Were laid
    Was laid
    lay (vt)...lay laid laid (base form, simple past, past participle)
    lie (vi)...lie lay lain

    Now try to make sentences with your words above.

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    Re: correct grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by phrasemix View Post
    It depends on what I wanted to say and the context:

    "My wife and I were laying on the couch" - in casual speech.
    "My wife and I were lying on the couch" - in formal speech.
    "My wallet and keys were laying on the counter" - in casual or formal situations.
    "My wallet and keys were laid on the counter" - emphasizes that someone put them there.
    "My wallet was laid on the counter" - again emphasizing that someone did this, but this time there's only one item.
    This may be homework, and we try not to do homework for people. We encourage them to attempt the exercise themselves.

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    Re: correct grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by schoolstudent View Post
    What two word would u use in this sentence ?
    Were laying
    Lying
    Were lying
    Were laid
    Was laid
    ***NOT a teacher***schoolstudent, good morning. (1) Many (most?) Americans don't use these verbs correctly. (2) You will have to study hard, and then you will speak with confidence. (3) PLEASE memorize (and review these verbs every week). (4) TO LIE (not tell the truth) - lie, lied, lied, lying. (5) TO LIE (on your back) - lie, lay, lain, lying. (6) TO LAY (put something) -- lay, laid, laid, laying. (7) If you learn the four parts (present/past/past participle/present participle) of these three verbs, you will be able to use them correctly. Good luck!

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