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“Lay” in Rogue Legacy Prince's Journal, Entry #1

Prince's Journal, Entry #1. Tonight I will get a headstart over my brothers and sisters, and set forth on my quest while they lay asleep. From what I understand, the verb after while should be used ...
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Proper use of “lay” and “lie” in figurative present tense

I know there are multiple threads regarding proper use of "lay" and "lie", but I'm hoping to get some additional insight to distinguish their usage when used in figurative form. Which of the following ...
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Why can we use these words “lay me on my side”?

I have been reading J.D.Vance's "Hillbilly Elegy" and met the following sentence in the chapter 7. Mamaw's older brother Uncle Pet lay me on my side with a Bible as a pillow and thought nothing ...
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Is 'lay lady lay' grammatical?

From a song by Bob Dylan: Lay lady lay, Lay across my big brass bed. Is lay lady lay grammatical? It looks like the guy confused the verb 'lay' with 'lie' here. Is it the case? Bob Dylan is not ...
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Usage of lie and lay

I'm preparing for some competitive exam and I'm reading an English grammar book, in that I encountered a test on lie and lay, but I do have a doubt on two questions, I don't know whether I'm right or ...
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Correct usage of “Lie” or “Lay” and their respective tenses

With English being my second language, it is difficult to remember the correct usage of "lie" and "lay" - especially in the past tense :-) I know that a "lie" is a fib and that a chicken "lays" eggs, ...
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How can “lay” be used like this?

So I am reading the second series of the famous Harry Potter and right now I am going through the tenth chapter "The Rogue Bludger". The second section of this chapter starts with the following ...
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“A long time ago, our world lay in turmoil.” Is this correct?

“A long time ago, our world lay in turmoil.” Is this correct? I googled the usage of "lay" in that application, but didn't feel confident in the results. Is this acceptable?
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has lain on the ground vs has lain down on the ground

I want to describe a situation in which a man is in a sleeping position (he is actually not asleep) and will remain in this situation forever (it's a sculpture!). I mean, a sculpture in a sleeping ...
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Lying down or laying down?

He was seen [laying or lying] down near the window. Which is it? Laying is usually used with an object.
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what is the right form of the verb “lay” or “lies”

What is the right form of the verb in the following sentence? The essence of the brilliant outcome {lay / lies} in the excellence of the team. I think lies is right (third person singular adds an ...
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The reason “lays” or “lies” in the facts

I have trouble with this sentence. "Reason" is singular and I want to use the present tense, not the past. Which one is the correct one? The reason lays in the facts The reason lies in the ...
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What are the differences between “lay” and “lie”?

I'm confused about lay and lie. Please look at these examples: "Don't lie in the sun for too long." "The dog was lying dead on the floor." "She lay back against the pillows." "I told her a ...
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A misprint in `The Giver`? (“it lay in the future”)

Lily looked up, her eyes wide. “The Ceremony of Twelve,” she whispered in an awed voice. Even the smallest children—Lily’s age and younger—knew that it lay in the future for each of them. ...