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TribbleWithoutaCause Sat 24-Nov-12 19:51:33

Forgive me if this sounds silly, but can you tell me the correct way of writing (and spelling) lying in the context of;

'he was lying to her' and 'he was lying down'.

One of these doesn't look right to me and I can't seem to find the answer.

Im almost certain that they are both correct.

LeeCoakley Sat 24-Nov-12 19:59:14

Honestly, they are both correct!

Notquite Sat 24-Nov-12 20:01:27

They're both correct.

TravelinColour Sat 24-Nov-12 20:03:27

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Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 20:12:43

Both are correct.

To lie down - he was lying down

To lie or tell a fib - he was lying

A lot of words with "i" in the word take a y when they change tense. There are a few here

Apply becomes applied, supply becomes supplied etc.

He was lying down is the past continuous tense, if that helps confused

HoratiaWinwood Sat 24-Nov-12 20:14:25

While he was lying there, he decided to continue lying to her.

Yes, both correct.

While he was laid there would be WRONG AND HEINOUS AND STABWORTHY though.

TribbleWithoutaCause Sat 24-Nov-12 20:19:28

Oh really?! Lord this has been bugging me for ages.

Thank you so much! grin

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 20:29:26

Oh, yes, laying is American and all sorts of wrong shock

Only hens lay.

Maryz Sat 24-Nov-12 20:30:00

Oh, apart from laying the table of course. But then you would say "he laid the table"; he wouldn't "lay there".

HoratiaWinwood Sat 24-Nov-12 21:59:05

Except that the song is right:

If I lay here, if I just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Subjunctive and shit.

thenightsky Sat 24-Nov-12 22:02:49

so should the song be 'if I just lie here'?


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