1. Bradley Parr

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    Grammar Quick Question (Grammar)

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Bradley Parr, Nov 30, 2015.

    I decided to lay down on the bed, my head against the surprisingly soft pillow.
    I decided to lie down on the bed, my head against the surprisingly soft pillow.

    The question is, do I use 'lay' or 'lie'?

    Thanks

    -Brad
     
  2. GingerCoffee

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    I believe you lay something down, or you yourself lie down.

    But I'm not positive.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, I thought the same, hopefully someone will know with 100% assurance haha. :)
     
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    I actually think it would come down to more of a dialect issue than a grammar question. but I also think 'lie' just sounds better.
     
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    Pretty sure @GingerCoffee is correct.
    You lay something but you yourself lie.

    In as:

    Do you lie your baby down?
    or
    Do you lay your baby down?
     
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    Ginger is correct, and your instinct was correct. Here is the distinction, and a way to remember: lay needs an object--something to place or lay down while lie cannot have an object. You might lay an apple on the counter, but you can't lie an apple anywhere.
     

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