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# If I were he, I would lay that manuscript on the sofa and keep it away

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Updated on: 11 Oct 2018, 19:38
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If I were he, I would lay that manuscript on the sofa and keep it away from the kitchen table.

A. If I were he, I would lay

B. If I were him, I would lay

C. If I were he, I would lie

D. If I was he, I would lay

E. If I was he, I would lie

Originally posted by vasurajiv on 19 Sep 2003, 15:14.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 Oct 2018, 19:38, edited 1 time in total.
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19 Sep 2003, 15:26
I think D should be the right answer ...

If I was he, I would lay
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20 Sep 2003, 03:13
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ktsang wrote:
I think D should be the right answer ...

If I was he, I would lay

No its A, the he part is right .. but it should be "were".
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21 Sep 2003, 07:41
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I also vote for A—it correctly employs the subjunctive mood and the verb lay.

to lie is not a transitive verb, so it does not requires any object (manuscript). to lay is transitive and requires an object.
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03 Nov 2003, 11:51
Yep, Stolyar is right.

If I were he, I would lay that manuscript on the sofa and keep it
away from the kitchen table.
a)
b) If I were him, I would lay
c) If I were he, I would lie
d) If I was he, I would lay
e) If I was he, I would lie

When you see this type of question, you should always ask yourself: "I would lay this manuscript on the sofa and keep it away from the kitchen table if I were (he or him)? He is obviously correct.

Also, you lay something on another but lie on a bed.
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04 Nov 2003, 19:40
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Choice (A) is correct.
If I were he, I would lay ........

You can forget about I and try the sentence with he/him.
He would lay .... sounds correct and proper.
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22 Nov 2007, 05:57
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Here comes the OA. Source ARCO.

The various answer choices in this example contain three places where an error may occur: was or were; he or him; and lay or lie. The correct choices from the three pairs of alternatives are were because the first clause is contrary to fact (the I is not he) and therefore requires the subjunctive mood of the verb (I were rather than the normal or indicative, mood, I was; he because whenever a form of the verb to be is used (in this case, were), the pronouns on both the sides of the verb must be subjects (the I is a subject, and the he is a predicate nominative); and lay, wihch means "to put or place," not lie which means "to recline" (an error of diction). Therefore, the correct answer is (A)
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18 Apr 2014, 09:25
This type of GMAT question can be easily solved if we look at the differences of answer choices.
There are 03(three) differences in the question. We have to select between were/was, he/him & lie/lay.

Since was/were is a BE verb, and BE verb can't have an object Pronoun after it, we can easily reject option 'B'. Again it's a contrary to fact sentence, so we have to use WERE instead of WAS as an Auxiliary verb. So, reject D & E. Now, we have only A & C.
Remember, LIE(present form) is an intransitive verb, meaning it can't have an Object. LAY(present form) is a Transitive verb, meaning it must have an Object. Since we have 'That Manuscript' as an object of the verb, we must use the Transitive form LAY. So, reject C

P.S- You can check any grammar book, (preferably SAT/GMAT)if you have doubt regarding these 3 grammar rules.
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