lay or lie

tonguingaround

Banned
Spanish Argentina
According to what it s explained on wordreference.com on how to use:
1 to lie: ( lie down on the couch in order to get some sleep for instance )
and
2 to lay = to put ( down ): i,e: I lay the pencil on the table

whenever I want to say I m lying on a couch I should use:
I lie on the couch, right ?

Then, why is it that I also find it like this ????
An Israeli woman lays on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP)

Sholuldn t it say:
An Israeli woman lies on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP)

Thanks in advance
 
  • Agró

    Senior Member
    Spanish-Navarre
    According to what it s explained on wordreference.com on how to use:
    1 to lie: ( lie down on the couch in order to get some sleep for instance )
    and
    2 to lay = to put ( down ): i,e: I lay the pencil on the table

    whenever I want to say I m lying on a couch I should use:
    I lie on the couch, right ?

    Then, why is it that I also find it like this ????
    An Israeli woman lays on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP)

    Sholuldn t it say:
    An Israeli woman lies on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP)

    Thanks in advance
    Debe ser un error:
    lie-lay-lain (estar tumbado)
    lay-laid-laid (poner)
     

    unspecified

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Yes, you're correct. It should say what you've suggested or:

    "An Israeli woman lays herself on the floor..."

    ...since "lay" requires a direct object. "Lie" doesn't.
     

    aztlaniano

    Senior Member
    English (Aztlán, US sector)
    An Israeli woman lays on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP):cross:

    Sholuldn't it say:
    An Israeli woman lies on the floor, covering the heads of her two children, as a rocket alert siren sounds in Kfar Azza on Wednesday. (AP):tick:
    Si quieres ser periodista de la agencia AP, tonguingaround, te escribiré una carta de recomendación.;)

    La verdad es que este error es muy, muy frecuente.
     

    tonguingaround

    Banned
    Spanish Argentina
    Thanks to all, That s what I had initially thought but wanted to be 100 %sure.
    By the way, aztlaniano, thanks for your offer to write a letter of recommendation for me but I m no t planning on becoming a journlist now...although they should probably consider hiring one that knows who to write/spell:)



    Thanks again to all
     
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