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    Can someone lead me in the right direction?

    I hope I am posting in the right place. I applied to a content company and was provided a test to complete, but have not completely passed it. I have a feeling that I am not completely understanding the question, rather than not knowing what I'm doing. Can someone guide me in the right direction? I've listed my attempts below. I received a note back that my second attempt wasn't right, but it's headed in the right direction.

    Test:
    Please write one sentence with "set" as the subject. For the verb use
    "lie" (not fibbing, but putting yourself or something down) in the
    past tense.

    1st Answer:
    The movie set had to be rearranged when the actress became sick and
    had to lie down.

    2nd Attempt
    The movie set had to be rearranged when the actress became sick and
    had to lay down.



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    Well, first, the test makers don't know the difference between "lie" (to recline or rest) and "lay" (to place something or to put something down). Second, you wrote a compound sentence with two subjects and six verbs. Third, I assume they wanted you to couple the verb "lie" with the subject "set", not "actress". The past tense of "lie" is "lay"; the past tense of "lay" is "laid". "Lay" always uses a direct object, something the subject acts upon; "lie" never uses a direct object. So a correct sentence using the past tense of "lie" would be:

    The chess set lay scattered to my right.

    A correct sentence using the past tense of "lay" would be:

    The set of ogres laid their clubs down.
    Last edited by John Oberon; 01-30-2013 at 05:14 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Oberon View Post
    Well, first, the test makers don't know the difference between "lie" (to recline or rest) and "lay" (to place something or to put something down). Second, you wrote a compound sentence with two subjects and six verbs. Third, I assume they wanted you to couple the verb "lie" with the subject "set", not "actress". The past tense of "lie" is "lay"; the past tense of "lay" is "laid". "Lay" always uses a direct object, something the subject acts upon; "lie" never uses a direct object. So a correct sentence using the past tense of "lie" would be:

    The chess set lay scattered to my right.

    A correct sentence using the past tense of "lay" would be:

    The set of ogres laid their clubs down.

    Thank you sooo much for your explanation, very easy to understand. I'll have to bookmark it. I think because I had more than one subject it was throwing me off. Thanks again!!

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