Laid or Lain? (Plurals of Lay or Lie)

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I just learned that "lain" is the past tense of lie -- I think. I'm wondering if this is what I should use in this sentence for the past tense (present tense but clause is in the past, because it has happened for years):

 

Now I have to revive over a half-dozen blogs that lain dormant for years. 

 

Otherwise, maybe there's an entirely different way to say this that would be better? I'm just not sure. As far as I know, something that is dormat is in a deep sleep, which in my mind is "horizontal." Right? Or not? LOL

lain laid asked Jul 25 '13 at 15:29 Julie Anne New member

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Lay is the past tense of lie. Lain is the past participle of lie, which means it requires a form of 'have' to be used. To use 'lain', your sentence should also have the word 'had' (past tense of 'have') in it. You also need a comma after 'Now'.

 

Now, I have to revive over a half-dozen blogs that have lain dormant for years.

 

Some may argue that blogs, being inanimate, cannot lie, but must lay. Lay, however, must have a direct object, which your sentence doesn't have. In that light, you may consider using a different verb to get away from the lie/lay problem.

 

Now, I have to revive over a half-dozen blogs that have been dormant for years.

link comment edited Jul 25 '13 at 17:00 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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