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Word Geek: Lie vs Lay

I think my grandmother was the only person on earth that managed to get this one right 100% of the time.

For romance writers, it is especially important because you wouldn’t want to confuse Gerald lying back on the bed with Gerald laying his lover on the bed. 10 points if you edit this phrase correctly.

Thanks to Oxford Editing on Youtube

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  1. I never really thought about it until I saw this…and when I gave it some thought I really couldn't decide which to use. Now I know. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Whaaaaa
    "If I've been laying on the couch for…" ??

    Sorry, but the speaker in video #2 should have said, "If I've been lying on the couch for…"

    Way to walk the talk, eh?! 🙂

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