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Koh Elaine
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 8:07:14 PM
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Laying back on the couch, with your girlfriend or best buds, enjoying a large greasy pizza and cold michelob light, while watching a good movie on the tube.
"We just sat in the room and drank beer, ate pizza, watched a movie; you know, a good time."

The above is from Urban Dictionary.

Is "laying" correct?

Thanks.
palapaguy
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:35:50 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
Laying back on the couch, with your girlfriend or best buds, enjoying a large greasy pizza and cold michelob light, while watching a good movie on the tube.
"We just sat in the room and drank beer, ate pizza, watched a movie; you know, a good time."

The above is from Urban Dictionary.

Is "laying" correct?

Thanks.


Urban Dictionary ?!

See: english.stackexchange.com/questions/79829/i-was-laying-in-bed-or-lying-in-bed

If "I was laying in bed", the connotation is that I was in the act of laying something in that bed, and the sentence is not proper unless that object is either stated explicitly or inferred by context; it can range from the innocent reflexive ("I was laying myself in bed") to the innocent transitive ("I was laying my infant daughter in bed") to the sexual ("I was laying my girlfriend in bed") to the absurd ("I was laying eggs in bed").

uhhh ... NO.

But that large greasy pizza is even worse. Whistle
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 9:41:48 PM

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I think this one has well and truly slipped its leash.

Correctly, you lie down (intransitive) - past tense - lay
Or you lay something down (transitive, including reflexive) past tense - laid


But the fact is, a lot of people lay down in the present tense. If you tried to 'correct' them, they would insist they are right. I am sure there are sources a lot more reliable than the urban dictionary that have this one wrong.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017 11:41:12 PM

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A lot of people misuse "laying" that way, but it's still a misuse.

Tauqeer Hussain
Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 12:01:58 AM

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"LAY" is verb which means put down gently. Second and third form of lay is laid, and "ing" can be added for all three progressive tenses. In case of "lie" means be in horizontal position,be in rest,etc, its three forms are lie, lay lain and lying is used for progressive tenses.
Koh Elaine
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Thanks, everybody.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2017 9:26:45 AM
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Koh,

Mixing up "laying" and "lying" is not particularly bad - as people said above: lots of people get them confused.

But just be aware that not knowing the difference is on the same level as people who don't know the difference between "to" or "too" or "there" and "their".
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 4:35:31 AM

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Even Eric Clapton does it:

Lay down, Sally, and rest you in my arms
Don't you think you want someone to talk to?


PS - Koh Elaine - do not expect the Urban Dictionary to use correct grammar.
Anyone can add definitions (you could, I could) - and most of the people who provide definitions cannot speak 'proper' English. They speak some Urban dialect.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, December 11, 2017 5:49:36 AM
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Thanks, Romany and DragOnspeaker.
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