LIE BACK? or LAY BACK? There is a correct choice.

One of our local cable channel providers had an advertisement in this morning's newspaper. The headline at the top read as follows:

Lay back and explore or lean in and record.

 

Whoops! LIE is a verb that means to recline, which is certainly what the young man in this illustration is doing.  LAY is a verb that takes an object and refers to putting something down, as in "Please LAY an egg" if I am impatient with my hen or "LAY your head upon my shoulder" if I am speaking to my significant other. (The object of LAY is either EGG or HEAD.)

The sentence at the top of this advertisement should read as follows:

Lie back and explore or lean in and record.


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2 Responses to “LIE BACK? or LAY BACK? There is a correct choice.”

  1. Fred Olenick says:

    OK.  Would "lay yourself down" be correct? "Yourself" is the object!

  2. admin says:

    Sorry to respond so late with this. It has been a busy spring. But yes, you are absolutely correct. You LIE DOWN, but if you use the reflexive pronoun, you are adding an object, so you would say or write I LAY MYSELF DOWN AT THE END OF THE DAY.

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