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Monday, May 30, 2011

Poll Results 136

Here was the question:

Which word is used incorrectly here? "While I spent over two years querying agents and small presses, my manuscript laid dormant."

4 (5%)
3 (4%)
46 (65%)
More than one is incorrect.
9 (12%)
The sentence is just fine as is.
8 (11%)

The pesky verb "to lie" is the source of the error here. The simple past tense of "to lie" is "lay"; the past participle of "to lie" is "laid."

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