Guest   Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:52 am GMT
What's the correct way of pronouncing "lying" as in "lying in bed"
1) Lay-ing
2) Lie-ing
beneficii   Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:56 am GMT
Why would it be pronounced 1?
Guest   Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:12 am GMT
Cuz everyone around me pronoucnes that frikkin way!!!!
I'm at the library and this ANNOYING girl at this table a few feet away said, "A million fish were lay-ing around." It caught my attn so I fired the question...
Any other questions, sir/ma'am?
Lazar   Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:42 am GMT
It's not a question of pronunciation; it's that "lie" and "lay" are two different verbs. Traditionally, "lie" is used for intransitive purposes - so it would be used for "lying in bed" -, and "lay" is used for transitive purposes. (The preterite and passive participle of "lay" are "laid"; the preterite of "lie" is "lay", rather confusingly, and the passive participle is "lain".) But this distinction has to a great extent fallen apart in modern vernacular English, with "lay" expanding at the expense of "lie".