Because I care

Lay me down now, and lay a blanket over my face.

I’m lying here with a blanket lying over my face.

Yesterday she laid me down, and laid a blanket over my face.

I lay there;  the blanket lay over my face.

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2 thoughts on “Because I care

  1. Lay me down, in other words make it so I am lying down. Right? What is the difference between these two forms? And is it the same as the difference between the two forms in: Yesterday she laid me there, in other words yesterday she made is so that I lay there?

    Sandor Ajzenstat
    sandor@onepost.net

  2. Yes. The first line in both cases is transitive and the second intransitive. And they are two different verbs. Thus (1) lay (trans) in present, (2) lie (intrans) in present, (3) lay (trans) in past, (4) lie (intrans) in past.

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