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Yes, I'm a grammar god as well. Raise your hand if you are surprised by this.

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ourika
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Darnit...

Ok, I need to know, lay or laid? I couldn't remember how to use which one where. I think that was my big mistake...

That and the misplaced modifier. I couldn't remember what that was so I just picked the sentence that I thought was most wrong.
collacentaur
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)
Erm, well, that would require remembering the questions after I finished...

I do it more instinctively than by remembering the rules, at this point, so I'll probably explain it wrong. But if I recall: Lay takes an object; that is, it's not something you just do, it's something you do to something. Lie does not take an object. So, you lay the book on the table.

The tricky bit was that the second sentence was I ___ *myself* down for a nap. Usually it's I lie down for a nap (past tense, I lay down for a nap), but putting in "myself" means it has an object, so it's lay, laid.

I'm not completely sure on the misplaced modifier. I chose the one about the party because it was the most ambiguous, but I didn't think it was misplaced either.
notjustcamilla
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Misplaced modifier
I chose the sentence "The camera photographed the satellite hurtling through space." To be honest, I can't remember for sure whether this is a case of a misplaced modifier, but it is one of those sentences that is unclear (i.e., it is ambiguous whether the camera or the satellite is hurtling through space).

Sorry to fill up your comments page like this, but I didn't see your response until I'd already posted.
collacentaur
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Misplaced modifier
No worries. I like comments.
ourika
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't remember the exact question, either. I was just wondering how to use it.

The lay/lie didn't help much, I'm sorry. Ya know, I just remembered that I brought my grammar books in to work (when I elave them at home, I need them here. When they're here, I need them at home). Brb.

Lay, laid, laying: Put or place something.
Lie, lay, lain, lying: Rest or recline.

I should lie down.
The trying was lying on its side.

Was that the same as what you just said?
collacentaur
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC)
Not exactly, but it works out to the same thing. They gave you definition and example, while I was trying to explain why it works that way.
notjustcamilla
Mar. 31st, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
Not surprised at all; conversely...
...so am I. I was hoping for Master at least, but evidently reading Strunk and White and Woe Is I (not to mention several Richard Lederer books) for fun must have rubbed off on me a little.
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