Please select the correct word to complete each sentence:
1) The cats love to (lay, lie) _________ on the windowsill basking in the sunshine.
2) But a Samaritan who saw the injured man (laying, lying) __________ at the side of the road…
3) After you (lay, lie) _______ the newspaper down, please (lay, lie) _______ down on the couch.
4) How many times have I told you not to leave your smelly socks (laying, lying) _________ all over the floor?!?
If you are prone to laying around the house, get over it. You need to start lying around. Or better yet, get up and exercise. You will feel great. Really…I’m not lying! I heard this from a very reliable source.
And if you have already trained your dog to “lay down,” retraining may be difficult because we all know how hard it is to teach old dogs new tricks. Furthermore, I do not want to be responsible for causing a lot of dogs to become maladjusted. But, if you just acquired a Christmas puppy, please train him/her to “lie down!”
Why? Because “lay, laying” requires an object upon which the act must be performed. “Down” is not an object (unless you are referring to the stuff inside your Michelin-man winter coat). If still in doubt, try substituting the words “set/setting” or “put/putting.” If either of those makes sense and sounds right in the context, then choose “lay/laying.”
Hence, the correct answers to the above quiz are
3) a) lay, b) lie
Whew! I think I’ll go lie down for a nap now.