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    1) What is the difference between reverential and reverent?
    2)John lied recumbent and unconcious or recumbently and unconciously?
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    As after all I was not a bad little boy but I was shy and covered it up by bravado

    Why do we have As here?

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    1. reverential - expressing reverence, reverent; inspiring reverence.
    reverent - marked by, feeling, or expressing reverence.
    There's no special difference. Although, reverent is more likely to be used to describe a person, whereas reverential would stand better with things.

    2. John lied (lay) recumbent and unconcious. (You describe John)

    3. As after all I was not a bad little boy but I was shy and covered it up by bravado.
    I'd need more context to tell you why. But I think it can be left out, no matter what the context is. Still...

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    Additionally:

    Lay means "to place something down". You lay something else. Lay is a transitive verb.
    Lie means "to recline" or "be placed". You do nothing on anything or anyone else. Lie is an intransitive verb.

    Lay, laid (past tense), laid (past participle).
    Lie, lay
    (past tense), lain (past participle).


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    This is the whole context for John:

    He could not, for he was lying recumbent and unconscious on the carefully tended garden.

    I think if it was lay here, it must be laying
    So, if you replace it with laid, you are describing the state John is in, right?

    What about the context above?

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    As, after all I was not a bad little boy but I was shy and covered it up by bravado

    Why do we have As here?
    As = Since

    not a teacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    This is the whole context for John:

    He could not, for he was lying recumbent and unconscious on the carefully tended garden.

    I think if it was lay here, it must be laying
    So, if you replace it with laid, you are describing the state John is in, right?
    Either John was lying, or John lay. But in the context you provided, only the former is acceptable (as in the sentence ticked).
    If you replace lying with laid, then someone placed John onto the carefully tended garden. But it would sound a bit awkward.


    What about the context above?
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    But lie (lying) is no link verb, so how can we add adj here?

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    Lie is a resultative linking verb (which can function as either a linking verb or an action verb).

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