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1-26-2010 @ 3:02PM
@Chrisas Tokkar pointed out, it is impossible for there to be an object, implied or otherwise, unless the dog is being told to lay eggs. or lay bricks. or lay tile. or what have you...It's an imperative mood sentence, a command. The subject IS implied; it is considered to be "you," or "you dog" in this case. The verb should be "lie."I'm not saying all this to be nitpicky, because in addition to knowing the above, I also know that this distinction between "to lie" and "to lay" is rarely noted anymore, except by those who pompously insist on speaking "the King's English," and I would say it is fast on its way to becoming archaic.I don't use it (except when I have to teach it), and I've seen it misused in newspapers and magazines, by national news broadcasters, and even by Obama.I'm just saying that unless that's an egg-laying or tile-laying dog, there is no object.Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get moving. I have lain here in bed long enough with my laptop lying upon my lap, heating up my nads.
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