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    a person is put on their stomach

    Can the verb lie get a subject and an object?

    The police lied him on his stomach by force and put handcuffs on him.

    If not, what verb can I use in the above sentence?

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    No. You need the transitive verb lay-laid-laid.

    Incidentally, the verb meaning be in a lying position is lie-lay-lain. The verb meaning tell an untruth is lie-lied-lied.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. You need the transitive verb lay-laid-laid.

    Incidentally, the verb meaning be in a lying position is lie-lay-lain. The verb meaning tell an untruth is lie-lied-lied.
    Is this okay?

    The policeman laid him on his stomach by force and put handcuffs on him.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    No. We don't lay people by force, which I should have said in my earlier post. I would say The policeman forced him face down to the ground and handcuffed him.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    No. We don't lay people by force, which I should have said in my earlier post. I would say The policeman forced him face down to the ground and handcuffed him.
    I want to put emphasis on the fact that he was lying on his stomach.

    Can I say this?

    The policeman forced Jack on his stomach.
    Last edited by alpacinoutd; 20-Apr-2021 at 22:44.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    I want to put emphasis on the fact that he was lying on his stomach.

    Can I say this?

    The policeman forced Jack on his stomach.
    No. 5jj's post already says face down. You don't need to mention his stomach.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. 5jj's post already says face down. You don't need to mention his stomach.
    Yes. I wanted to see if there were other ways. Okay, let's say the suspect was on a table. Would this work?

    The policeman forced him face down on the table and handcuffed him.

    I know the situation is unusual but I want to see if it works. I mean his stomach was on the table.

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    Re: a person is put on their stomach

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    The policeman forced him face down onto the table and handcuffed him.

    I know the situation is unusual but I want to see if it works. I mean his stomach was on the table.
    It works fine with my correction.
    I am not a teacher.

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