She wanna lay in bed or she wanna lie in bed.. Which one is correct.. Because in many English songs I have heard lay instead of lie.. Could anyone please clear this.

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    It seems that Americans use the word lay when British people would use the word lie.
    – Tristan r
    Feb 24, 2014 at 13:40
  • You would say "She wants to lie in bed" if you want to be correct.
    – TylerH
    Feb 24, 2014 at 16:52

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In songwriting, the sound and the evocativeness of the words used is much more important than using proper grammar.

Here's an explanation of lay vs lie: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/lay-versus-lie

  • thank you.. i got the difference..... If you don't mind please tell me, is this sentence wrong- I had got your message in the morning.. Or is it I got your message in the morning.. I have a confusion in past and past perfect... Looking forward to getting a clear cut difference so that I remember them...
    – roopa
    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:26
  • "had got" is not technically correct in that usage, though it's used a lot in some places. "I got your message" or "by the time you called me, I had listened to it"
    – Elijah
    Feb 24, 2014 at 7:30
  • @roopa since this is a site for language and grammar enthusiasts, I feel I need to point out that you might be using a tad more full stops than is strictly necessary. End your sentences with . not .., certainly not .... and not ... unless you mean to.
    – terdon
    Feb 24, 2014 at 14:59
  • I wouldn't say more important. I would just say more common. Nothing is more important than proper grammar, but this is just my opinion. :-)
    – TylerH
    Feb 24, 2014 at 16:52
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    Tyler, I understand your point of view, but doubt you are a songwriter. From a listener's standpoint, most songs contain at least one grammatical error and would be diminished were the errors fixed. If you were to contend that Satisfaction would have been a better song id Mick Jagger had sung "I can't get any satisfaction," then I would strenuously disagree.
    – Elijah
    Feb 24, 2014 at 17:33

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