Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lay vs. Lie


Lay vs. Lie Quiz

Because it was necessary for me to use a form of the word "lay" recently, I had to do a little research. It seemed my English had become a bit rusty and I needed a little primer.

*light bulb comes on*

Thus, I decided to torcher (er ... "torture") you as well.

Come on! It'll be fun! Choose the correct sentence below. Post your answers in comments. I will post the official answers Saturday. As incentive, prizes may be given.

No cheating! You can do it! Onward ... !!!

(P.S. I know for certain that uptight dude in the chair over there is not "lyeing" .....)


1. Choose the correct sentence.

A) I am dizzy and need to lay down.

B) I am dizzy and need to lie down.



2. Choose the correct sentence.

A) When I got dizzy yesterday, I lay down.

B) When I got dizzy yesterday, I laid down.



3. Choose the correct sentence.

A) My brother lies carpet for a living.

B) My brother lays carpet for a living.



4. Choose the correct sentence.

A) Lie the carpet after painting the walls.

B) Lay the carpet after painting the walls.



5. Choose the correct sentence.

A) We need to lay this baby down for a nap.

B) We need to lie this baby down for a nap.



6. Choose the correct sentence.

A) We will know when we have laid this issue to rest when we no longer fight about it.

B) We will know when we have lain this issue to rest when we no longer fight about it.



7. Choose the correct sentence.

A) The lions are laying in wait for their prey.

B) The lions are lying in wait for their prey.



8. Choose the correct sentence.

A) The lions have lain in wait for their prey.

B) The lions have laid in wait for their prey.



9. Choose the correct sentence.

A) I laid the blanket over her as she slept.

B) I lay the blanket over her as she slept.



10. Choose the correct sentence.

A) I will lie my head on my pillow shortly.

B) I will lay my head on my pillow shortly.

.......................... Ruprecht ( STOP )


8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the lesson, Master Ruprecht

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  2. A,B,B,B,B,A,A,B,A,B. But, Rupe IS a LYER...W00T.

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  3. Ok, now I really have to use my brain, wish me well
    1. B
    2. A
    3. B
    4. B
    5. A
    6. A
    7. B
    8. A
    9. A
    10.B
    how did I do? I think I need to lie down now!

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  4. 1b 2b 3b 4b 5a 6a 7a 8b 9b 10b -- tricky Rupe

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  5. ok, I'm losing my spelling and it was always better than my grammar, but here goes...
    1B
    2B
    3B
    4B
    5B
    6A
    7B
    8B
    9A
    10B

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  6. This is wild. For years, well since 1996 to be precise, I have been asking people if they know how to use lay, lie, laid, lain, etc. Why 1996? Because my Mother knew these rules without error and when she died in '96 she took them with her to the crematorium. Many times I'd ask her (and forget her answer) "what do you say when you want to go lie down for a nap? Lie or lay?" All I can remember was her saying something about how dogs can't do it. Do what? Maybe they can't lie?? In the process of taking this test may the force of Sunny be with me.

    1. B Lie
    2. B Laid
    3. B Lays
    4. B Lay
    5. B Lie
    6. B Lain
    7. A Laying
    8. B Laid
    9. A Laid
    10. B Lay

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  7. ok, here goes:
    C - shut
    C - fell
    C - installs
    C - Install
    C - put
    C - put
    C - pausing
    C - paused
    C - draped
    C - bury
    How'd I do?

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  8. My brain? You mean I actually have a brain? I always thought I was more like the scarecrow.

    1) B
    2) Shouldn't that be When I was dizzy instead of got...but I'm pretty sure it's B, I laid down. :)
    3) B
    4) B
    5) A
    6) A
    7) B
    8) A
    9) A
    10) B

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