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Need help on this one..
The hospital nusrse told the patient that laying in bed, without moving, he might get bed sores, and volunteered to help him turn if doing so were difficult for him.
B) if he laid
C) if he layed
D) if he lyed
I chose B but the book says answer is E. I cannot understand how can it be just lying. I can understand it if it was like this" The hospital nurse told the patient that lying in bed, without moving, might get him bed sores, and volunteered to help him turn if doing so were difficult for him" but not just replacing laying with lying would get me the answer. Is this question a poorly formed one or am I missing something here. Helppppp
I would agree with B being best.
E has gerund form and the "lying in bed", being the subject, is suddenly substituted by "he" a little bit further. I actually had the same version of the corrected sentence that you had with "lying". I believe there is nothing wrong with B as there is a common subject "he" for both indepedent clauses.
this is a one of those lie / lay /laid confusions. Except E everything else changes the meaning of the sentence.
Lie has two meanings to it.
1. Lie - false
2. Lie - to recline.
Follow this little tabulation for this lie/lay confusion
present past pastparticiple presentparticiple
Lie ( false ) Lie Lied Lied Lying
Lay (To place something) Lay Laid Laid Laying
Lie (Recline) Lie Lay Lain Lying
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