Issue 142, page 3
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Guestmudgeon Deepa Nirmal lays a trap for lay and lie...
Excellent mnemonic device, Deepa. As for "I laid down on the bed", you do have to admit that in speech, it's rather difficult to tell if someone is saying "I lay down..." or "I laid down..." because of the initial d in down. However, you are correct in that most people don't use the verb to lie unless they mean "to prevaricate". Part of the problem comes in the conjugations of to lay and to lie.
Lie, lay, lain.
Lay, laid, laid.
People can't keep them straight and so just give up. When was the last time you heard someone say "He has lain there for 2 days"?
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