It being National Grammar Day (What? You didn’t know there was a National Grammar Day?), I thought I would have a little fun with one of my grammar pet peeves.
This pet peeve comes up every time I take my favorite yoga class, because my teacher ends the class by saying, “Now lay on your backs for shavasana.” It’s enough to make this corpse turn in the grave. He should say now lie on your backs.
The distinction between lay and lie is not that hard, and I spend some ink on it both in Sin and Syntax and in Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. You just need to understand that there are transitive verbs (which take direct objects) and intransitive verbs (which don’t.)