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    • Join Date: Aug 2007
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    #1

    Lay

    Lay

    ”A promising life lays in tatters.”

    --A headline in Deccan Herald, leading English daily in Bangalore, India.

    Your comments, please.


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    #2

    Re: Lay

    I´d say that it means doomed to failure because it´s ill-founded.


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    #3

    Re: Lay

    Quote Originally Posted by hdrao View Post
    Lay

    ”A promising life lays in tatters.”

    --A headline in Deccan Herald, leading English daily in Bangalore, India.

    Your comments, please.
    Well, of course, it probably ought to be "lies in tatters", but this is a newspaper headline, and they are notorious for misuse of English.


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    Re: Lay

    Lay laid laid
    Lie lay lain


    Perhaps the most troublesome of all related verbs. The first, lay, is transitive; the second, lie, is intransitive. “I lay down” is the past tense of the verb to lie down.

    One of the most celebrated ‘grammatical’ errors in literature is Byron’s “There let him lay”.

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