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  • #16

    Recently I was with a date and told him "let's lie in bed" when we were about to proceed with sexual intercourse after the preliminary foreplay. He is a married man (American) and likes me very much, that's what I am suspecting he reacted the way he did (see below) Please tell me if you think the same way I do.

    He argued a little bit with me that it was not proper English to say "let's lie in bed," instead I should have said, "let's lay in bed" ... I told him that it's pretty much the same thing, and both forms of the verb "lie" are used to denote being or staying at rest in a horizontal position in a bed. Surprisingly, he suspected that I expressed myself on purpose that way, that is to say, "lie in bed" as opposed to "lay in bed" as he wanted me to have said. We parted after a little bit of discussion as he was not anymore in the mood (his words.) I am not trying to cause him to have exclusive sexual relationships with (we've had *** before) so I just don't get what my date might have had in mind. Please share your thoughts; I'm originally from Europe.


    • #17
      ...I am not trying to cause him to have exclusive sexual relationships with me (we've had s e x before)...


      • #18
        I don't think there is anything wrong really with saying lie or lay. It all depends how you pronounced it, lie as in lying and not telling the truth?

        Anyway, I used to "fake" not knowing how to pronounce or properly say something, it's called passive aggression. For instance, I'd say "your[e] boring?!" as if I was inquiring if the person was bored, but sublimaly giving the message that the person was in fact boring me at that time!

        Yawn, this thread is somewhat bordersome...


        • #19
          "LAY vs. LIE" are you a man or a woman?


          • #20

            Inflected Form(s): lay /'lA/; lain /'lAn/; ly-ing /'lI-i[ng]/

            a : to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position : be prostrate : REST, RECLINE <lie motionless> <lie asleep> b : to assume a horizontal position -- often used with down c archaic : to reside temporarily : stay for the night : LODGE d : to have sexual intercourse -- used with with e : to remain inactive (as in concealment) <lie in wait>


            b : to place for rest or sleep;

            LAY has been used intransitively in the sense of "lie" since the 14th century. The practice was unremarked until around 1770; attempts to correct it have been a fixture of schoolbooks ever since. Generations of teachers and critics have succeeded in taming most literary and learned writing, but intransitive 'lay' persists in familiar speech and is a bit more common in general prose than one might suspect. Much of the problem lies in the confusing similarity of the principal parts of the two words. Another influence may be a folk belief that 'lie' is for people and 'lay' is for things. Some commentators are ready to abandon the distinction, suggesting that 'lay' is on the rise socially. But if it does rise to respectability, it is sure to do so slowly: many people have invested effort in learning to keep 'lie' and 'lay' distinct. Remember that even though many people do use 'lay' for 'lie', others will judge you unfavorably if you do.


            • #21
              She LAYS it down, LAID it down, has LAID it down, is LAYING it down. (The verb TO LAY takes an object; TO LIE doesn't.)

              She LIES down, LAY down, has LAIN down, is LYING down.



              • #22
                LAY, LIE

                LAY means "put" or "place"; LIE means "recline." LAY is a transitive verb (one that requires a direct object); hens lay eggs, and masons lay foundations. LIE is intransitive; sleepers lie in bed.

                to LIE: lay: lain
                to LAY: laid: laid

                Errors occur when LAY is used in place of LIE:

                WRONG: Leave it where it LAYS - He left it where it LAID. It has LAID in silence.
                RIGHT: Leave it where it LIES. He left it where it LAY. It has LAIN in silence.
                WRONG: He LAYS in bed. Yesterday he LAID in bed. He has LAID in bed.
                RIGHT: He LIES in bed. Yesterday he LAY in bed. He has LAIN in bed.

                LAID is the correct spelling; LAYED is always wrong.


                • #23
                  Wow, to date I've always believed that the past participle of the "lie" (as in "lie in bed") was "lied" and not "lain", so I guess it could have been pretty easy for me to have said, e.g., "I have lied in bed for a couple of hours", instead of the correct form "I have lain in bed..." ... lol


                  • #24
                    Ha! I've actually said that!


                    • #25
                      deport illegal aliens


                      • #26
                        Please explain to me what does "barry" mean? I heard it today in a bar..


                        • #27
                          barry means good, great, fantastic, as in "That film was real barry!" it's a slang for 'great'; 'fantastic'. At the same time, it has the meaning, "Embarrasing" i.e. "You had a barry!" e.g. "I had a barry, definitely failed"

                          "Barry" is also some weak guy who thinks he's "'well' hard". Normally seen wearing puffa jacket and jeans, walking stupidly and smoking.


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