RE: Lay versus lie

Subject: RE: Lay versus lie
From: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 08:41:36 -0500

Well, after reading the "Lay vs. lie" thread, I must say I'm glad that
everyone here still believes in using "lie" as the present-tense,
intransitive verb. It used to bug my dad and now it bugs me that so many
people use "lay" in either case, but I was beginning to resign myself to
its being linguistic drift.

I remember watching COPS and always being bothered by the policemen
yelling at suspects to "Lay down on the ground!" Still, I suppose that
if a policeman was pointing his gun at me and yelling at me to "Lay down
on the ground," that would NOT be the time to correct his grammar.

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