ACT English 2.4 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 2, Problem 4. Which form of the word "lie" completes the sentence best?
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The different forms of "lie" are some of the most confusing verb forms around.
The act of becoming prostrate is the verb "lie"...
While the verb "lay" means to set something down.
There, now that we've got that cleared up...
The past tense form of "lie" is "laid," while the past participle is "lain."
All of the answer choices here use the helping verb "have," so we know that the answer has
to be in the past perfect tense, which always requires a past participle.
What can we say? It's a picky tense.
Since both (B) and (D) use the past tense "laid" instead of the past participle "lain,"
we know that neither one of them is the correct answer.
While choice (C) does get the past participle right, it's a little confused about the timeframe.
The sentence is referring to a nap that will occur in the future, not one that already
happened, making (C) incorrect.
This means that the sentence was OK to begin with and confirms that A is the correct answer.
Shmoopin' is hard work, so like the guy in this sentence, we hope there's a nap in our