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[From Michelle Yeoman and Barbara Gastel:]
Editing Solution: Last Week’s Sentence
As a reminder, below is Sentence of the Week #22:
After the workshop I will lay down.
The error in this sentence is the word lay, which should be lie. Thus, the corrected sentence reads as follows:
After the workshop I will lie down.
Lie means to be in a horizontal position. Lay, on the other hand, means to put an object down. (Example: “After the workshop I will lay my head on the pillow.”)
An important distinction between lie and lay is that lay requires a direct object. A direct object is the object that receives the action of a verb. In the sentence in this paragraph, head is the direct object.
The situation might be especially confusing because lay is also the past tense of lie. (Example: “I lay down yesterday afternoon.”) Another form of the verb lie is lying. (“I am lying down.”)
Other forms of lay are laid and laying. (Examples: “I laid the book on the desk.” “I am laying the book on the desk.”)
And now, onward to this week’s sentence.
Sentence of the Week #23
The sentence below contains 1 small item that should be removed.
The custodian swept the floor, and then dusted the cabinets.
Please remove the item, and submit the corrected sentence and any remarks as a comment on this post. We plan to provide and discuss the solution as a comment in about 2 days, as well as including it in the next Sentence of the Week post.
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