lie/lay alternation - not US

Ron butters ronbutters at AOL.COM
Wed Oct 5 12:20:25 UTC 2011

LAY is subjunctive. LIE is infinitive.

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On Oct 4, 2011, at 11:09 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM> wrote:

> In the song "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, the words lay and lie appear as intransitive verbs.
> One stanza has both and is repeated four times (
> If I lay here
> If I just lay here
> Would you lie with me
> And just forget the world?
> The enunciation is clear in each instance. Although it's possible that "lie" means "tell a lie," it looks like euphonic alternation to me.
> The song was written by Gary Lightbody (, who was born in Northern Ireland and went to university in Scotland.
> Benjamin Barrett
> Seattle, WA
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