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Thread: "laid" or "lay"

  1. #21
    Jeanne Gassman
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    Good way to remember the rule, Mya. I used a similar method. I always connected the word "TRANSITIVE" to "TRANSFER" as in the TRANSITIVE verb TRANSFERS the action to the object.



  2. #22
    Frank Lee
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    One of my mother's favorite phrases: "Chickens lay. People lie."

  3. #23
    Mya Bell
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    Good ones, Jeanne and Frank!

    The context in the latter reference is especially fun--I like the wry social reference.

    I remember we were taught transitive/intransitive in grade seven by a very straight-laced "old-school" instructor who expected us to memorize everything. He never once mentioned mneumonic devices.

    Your examples are keepers.

    --- Mya Bell

  4. #24
    Jerry Springer
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    Mnemonic

  5. #25
    Mya Bell
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    Yes, mnemonic. Heh.

    I guess pneumonic + mnemonic = mneumonic (a puffed up memory jog).

    --- Mya Bell

  6. #26
    latichever
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    Re: "laid" or "lay"

    I'd say that when it sounds awkward either way change it to "put a hand."

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