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By CAROLYN ALLFREE  |  Reno, Nevada, via letter

The story says that author Rachael Blum is “often found... laying in the sun.” What is she found laying in the sun? Lay is a transitive verb and requires an object, except when it is used as the past tense of lie, e.g., she lay in the sun for hours yesterday. Laid is the past tense of the transitive verb lay, e.g., she laid her blanket down on the sand.

It gets complicated! It’s a matter of grammatical construction. Lay is used incorrectly everywhere lately and has become my pet peeve. Please don’t let it happen in your wonderful publication.

 
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November 9, 2017