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    Did I use laid correctly?

    I lost fifteen pounds and felt miserable. I laid in bed for days.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Did I use laid correctly?

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    I lost fifteen pounds and felt miserable. I laid in bed for days.

    Thanks.
    No, "I lay in bed for days". The verb "to lie": today I lie in bed, yesterday I lay in bed. The verb "to lay": today I lay a carpet, yesterday I laid a carpet.

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    Re: Did I use laid correctly?

    Quote Originally Posted by BJoeR View Post
    I lost fifteen pounds and felt miserable. I laid in bed for days.

    Thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    BJoeR,


    (1) Do not feel bad. I think that most Americans could not pass a

    test on these three verbs:

    to lie (not tell the truth)

    To lay (to put something)

    To lie (on your back)

    (2) You used the past of "to lay." For example: I laid the newspaper

    on the table.

    (3) You actually wanted the past of "to lie" on your back:

    I lay in bed for several days.

    (a) Yes, it does sound "funny," doesn't it!!! Maybe (maybe!!!)

    we English speakers are so used to the past ending in -ed that

    we just refuse to accept the sound of some exceptions.

    (i) Even on TV, a few news readers might say:

    The police found a may laying in the street.

    Of course, the poor man was lying in the street.

    (4) It's really not that difficult -- if you really want to

    understand the difference. Just sit down and memorize:

    To lie (not tell the truth) I lie/ I lied/ I have lied/ I am lying now.

    To lay (something) I lay a book on the table every day/ I laid it

    yesterday/ I have laid it every day this week/ I am laying it now.

    To lie (on your back) I lie on the beach every Saturday/ I lay on the

    beach yesterday/ I have lain in the sun for 30 minutes (not too long:

    skin cancer, you know)/ I have been lying on the beach for 29 minutes.

    In one more minute, I am going to leave.


    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****
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