Why do people from the US say "lay" when they mean "lie" (as in ... down)?
Because Americans are stupid and lazy.
Hey, I'm -one- of them and I think that.
It's completely Eric Clapton's fault.
"Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms.
Don't you think you want someone to talk to?
Lay down, Sally, no need to leave so soon.
I've been trying all night long just to talk to you."
Actually it isn't wrong. The verb 'to lay' means to put in a horizontal position, which is what you do when you lay down. The verb 'to lie' means pretty much the same thing, so I guess, ultimately, it's just a matter of preference.
You say tom(ay)to, I say to(ma)to. One person says b(ay)gel, another says b(a)gel.
In this particular case I think it is a matter of preference. I think it also depends on its placement in a sentence. For example, many people use both (thee) and (the), spelled "the" in either pronunciation, in regular conversation. "Thee" is most commonly used when its placed at the beginning of a sentence, and the regular "the" is spoken in middle parts of a sentence.
This is one explanation given in part by "Grammar Traps".
"Lie" is, in this context, a verb meaning to recline. It does not take an object. Its principal parts are "lie," "lay," "lain," and "lying."
Examples: Every night I lie down. I lay down last night. I have lain down many times. I am lying down right now.
So, it is supposed to be used in a pas tense manner; now as to why we use it incorrectly. If you do something long enough, (and this will include other countries as well) it will become an accepted expression; Ain't is a fine example, once thought to be improper ( and still is), it made it's way into the dictionary.
by viv53 12 years ago
I feel like I have something in my throat when I lay down and my mouth is very dry. It is...preventing me from sleep. I am taking medication for chronic laryngitis. What could this be?
by Crochetliens 10 months ago
How do I tone down a spicy buffalo sauce?I made a dish that has loads of buffalo sauce but it is way to spicy. What are things I can use to tone it down so my mouth doesn't disintegrate?
by Flowering Heart 7 years ago
Why do people disguise who they reaaly are, why do people lie, is it possible to be 100% honest?Lying does it exist because of that fear of rejection takes over our very being, is it because we do not trust anyone truly. In life would things be turned upside down if you would simply never make...
by freecampingaussie 11 years ago
Why do good answers get voted down ?Why are answers that have nothing wrong with them getting voted down ?If the subject is sex every answer seems to get voted down ? Is it someone who hates sex & can't handle the fact that a lot of us do ?If that is the case then wouldn't it be better not...
by IDONO 8 years ago
Why is " COMING OUT " such a celebrated event?From pro athletes to the person down the street, why is announcing, publicly, your sexual preference even necessary? If you are gay, why not just be gay and move on? Gay people want to be accepted in the work world, political world and any...
by ngureco 12 years ago
Why Should A Hen Lay Eggs Without A Rooster?
Copyright © 2023 The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers on this website. HubPages® is a registered trademark of The Arena Platform, Inc. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. The Arena Media Brands, LLC and respective content providers to this website may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
Copyright © 2023 Maven Media Brands, LLC and respective owners.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|