Apr 12, 2022 • 27M

Let Sleeping Dogs Lay

The distinction between "lie" and "lay" is an archaism that we should abandon.

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John McWhorter
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Do you know that the past participle of the intransitive verb lie is lain and that its past tense is lay, not to be confused with the present tense of the transitive verb lay? Oh, and do you know that no one really cares if you use them all correctly? John explains.