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HELP PLEASE

Postby LilliesCarol » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:37 am

I am doing a final edit of my family history story before turning it over to my two friends to do any more correcting. My problem is whether to use laying or lying.
In the story, my grandmother backed both plow horse out of the stall and the blind horse fell into the barn silo. Here is a bit of the scenario.

“Dunner vetter nach mal.” The children heard their mother cry out. Anna’s German slid out so easily as this was her favorite saying whenever anything went wrong. Both girls wondered what went wrong now. Running back into the barn they saw their mother looking down into the barn silo opening. As both girls ran and looked down, there was Bob laying in the hay on his back, feet straight up, wedged in the silo.

Thanks for the help. Guess I'll never get those right in my head. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Postby robjvargas » Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:36 pm

I'm not sure that you even need that word there. For me, "...there was Bob in the hay, on his back..." works just fine.
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Re: HELP PLEASE

Postby pls » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:31 pm

hens lay eggs
people lie

So "lying" is the proper word, although Rob's suggestion makes sense.
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Re: HELP PLEASE

Postby LilliesCarol » Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:12 pm

Excellent suggestion to leave it out completely. I sure will remember that hens LAY and people LIE. Perhaps in more ways than one. My weird sense of humor. Thanks guys, you're wonderful and that's not lying.
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