Correct Laying-Lying Usage

  • Laying something on the table—transitive (has a direct object, in this case, “something.”)
  • Lying on the table—intransitive (no direct object. Just doing it.)

The guys in this comic both get it right.

Frankly, I suspect we’re seeing evidence of the cartoonist’s knowledge of grammar, not his characters’.

This post first appeared on The Writing Rag.