Feel free to pop over and chime in with your feelings and experiences regarding the infuriating LIE - LAY rules!
--Super Earthling (a/k/a Daisy Dexter Dobbs)…roger wilco, over and out
I taught middle school English for 29 years and always hated teaching the lay/laid lesson. Oy vey-
Shelly, I can't begin to tell you how many English majors and English teachers I've talked to who feel exactly the same way! Our grammatical founding fathers played a cruel joke on their future generations. LOL
Been wondering what became of you. It took me a while before I got laid, etc.
I'm still here, JL--just in the midst of rewriting 20+ books (had the rights returned from my publishers) and it's one daunting and lengthy project! :-o
My English Grammar used to be exceptionally good. Now in my early sixties I have to look up in the dictionary for spelling and thus for grammar as well.
Mastering English grammar has to rank high on the top ten list of Most Difficult Tasks, Munir! :)
Racing over now!
I find myself getting horribly confused between the grammar that I was taught and use daily, English UK and the grammar that I use when writing for American clients. I have been writing American English articles for so long now, that I have a hard time remembering whose grammar is whose.
I understand. I worked as an editor for years, Vivian, and one of the most fun-filled (while totally perplexing) tasks I had was editing books for an American audience that were written by Australians, Brits, Canadians, etc. Yikes! It was often frustrating for both editor and writer but we learned a great deal from each other. :)