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# 233. Lay or Laid?

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25 Feb 2008, 19:03
233.Darwin was not the first to advance a theory of evolution; his tremendous originality lay in the fact that he proposed the idea of natural selection as the means by which evolution worked.
(A) lay in the fact that he proposed the idea
(B) lay in the fact of his proposing the idea
(C) laid in the fact of his proposing the idea
(D) laid in his proposal
(E) lay in his proposal
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25 Feb 2008, 19:08
A - "lay" is correct. "laid" is generally used in a passive construction.
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25 Feb 2008, 19:37
I too go with 'lay' here.
and fact should go with that.

Laid infact normally works with things which we handle.
as per manhattan, Lay (to put) has 3 forms, lay,laid, lain.
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26 Feb 2008, 19:40
solaris1 wrote:
A - "lay" is correct. "laid" is generally used in a passive construction.

I like this explaintion, i learned one more tip.

But the OA is E. Actually, I elimilate A, B, C because it contains in the fact [that]...I am really sensitive with it
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26 Feb 2008, 21:17
Agree with E actually. I was paying more attention to "lay" and "laid" and didn't compare A and E carefully.

sondenso wrote:
solaris1 wrote:
A - "lay" is correct. "laid" is generally used in a passive construction.

I like this explaintion, i learned one more tip.

But the OA is E. Actually, I elimilate A, B, C because it contains in the fact [that]...I am really sensitive with it
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27 Feb 2008, 12:28
MG SC's notes
Lay(to put) He laid the plate on the table He has laid the plate on the table
Lie(tell untruth) She lied about her past. She has lied about her past.
Lie(to recline) She lay on the bed. She has lain on the bed.

hopefully this will settle all the lay laid questions. also in the fact is always wordi in GMAT
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