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CIPHER_one

Mastering the Written Word

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Can the word "lay" be used in the past tense?

 

 

Example: So, Joel lay on the sidewalk in a small puddle of his own blood, paralyzed, for six hours until the neighborhood woke to go to work.

 

 

Or does it have to be laid?

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"Joel laid paralyzed in the small puddle of his own blood that had formed on the sidewalk until the neighborhood awoke."

 

I think that's what you're lookin' for.

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no prob. i'm just hanging around the forum today...seems like an all day thing today. i've gotta "wake up" at 4:30 a.m. not too far off, so i guess i'll be around all night.

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Originally posted by CIPHER_one

What's the rule in writing out the time? 6:00 or six o'clock or 6 o'clock

 

they're all correct, except it would need to be followed by either an am or pm just to let wonk saggin which 6 o'clock you were referring to

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If the number is spoken by a character I think it should be written.

Same thing applies when someone says 'ten o'clock'.

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one of my teachers used to carry around a thesaurus everywhere he went. it was like a pocket thesarus, i dunno the guy was so anal retentive it was crazy, good thing i got switched out of that class.

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Lay is the past tense lye is the present tense

 

as soon as you said John lay that means it was in the past I think.

 

However I could be completely wrong.

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