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Which phrase is correct?

Postby bjamison71 » Mon Jun 30, 2014 12:41 pm

I'm writing a scene for which I plan to use one of the following phrases, but I'm not sure which form of the word is correct.

Lay (There/their/they're, no problem. But Lay... ugh!)

1. "...was no match for the type of cunning manipulation he had laid witness to that day." OR
2. "...was no match for the type of cunning manipulation he had lain witness to that day."

bore
1. "...was no match for the type of cunning manipulation he had bore witness to that day." OR
2. "...was no match for the type of cunning manipulation he had borne witness to that day."

Thanks in advance for your help! :-)

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Re: Which phrase is correct?

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Re: Which phrase is correct?

Postby Oldtimer » Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:19 pm

Couldn't you just say "... he witnessed that day..." ?
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Re: Which phrase is correct?

Postby mammamaia » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:06 am

i agree that the rather archaic/fancified expression is not as wise a choice as simply 'witnessed'...

kudos to you, bj, for being open to all advice, however given... bodes well for your future in re writing or any other pursuit...
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Re: Which phrase is correct?

Postby TerryRodgers » Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:51 am

Because lain is the right word in that sentence would give me enough reason to consider the change. I really dislike the word lain. It just doesn't sound right. I don't think I've read a novel with lain in it. I have seen whom, but I dislike that word too. I think I need to start a thread. :D

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