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Re: [BKARTS] lie/lay(was "paper")

 To confuse things further:

I once told a paint and body shop manager, "I left the bumper lying on the
ground in front of the car." He said, "You mean 'laying on the ground' don't
you? Inanimate objects can't lie!"
It's true that inanimate objects can't "lie," but they "can" lie! He had the
rule backward. It should be: "Inanimate objects can't lay." Even some
animate objects can't lay. Dogs can't lay. Cows and pigs can't lay. But hens
and bricklayers can.

Another especially troublesome form of lie is lying, the present participle
of lie. Lying may be used with both animate and inanimate objects.

     The scissors are lying on the desk.
     Tourists are lying on the beach getting sunburned.


on 3/18/05 6:03 PM, bertha rogers at bkrogers@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Because paper is an object, not a person, the correct form is laying on a
> shelf, I believe.
> Bertha Rogers
> On 18 Mar 2005 at 11:26, Signa Houghteling wrote:
>> Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Mary Jane, for using the correct form
>> of "lie."
>> Signa
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Mary
>> Jane Bohlen
>> Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 8:29 PM
>> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: Re: paper?
>> I used tableau for many years. It came from Dedham, MA. The company went out
>> of business, and unless a store or catalog still has some hanging around, it
>> no longer exists. You might try places like Nasco, Dick Blick, Sax etc. and
>> ask if they have any. They probably wouldn't have enough to list in their
>> catalog, but it might be lying on a shelf. Who knows/ Doesn't hurt to ask.

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