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Lain vs Lane

Lain vs Lane. Her body had lain under the one-lane bridge for years before it was discovered. Bring life back to your writing with ErrNET copyediting!

Lain is the past participle of the verb “lie”, which means (of a person or animal) to be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface; (of a thing) to rest flat on a surface.

Lane is a noun that means a narrow road, especially in a rural area; (in place names) a street in an urban area; a division of a road marked off with painted lines and intended to separate single lines of traffic according to speed or direction; (in bowling) a long narrow strip of floor down which the ball is bowled.

Lain and lane are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. “Lain” and “lane” can easily get mixed up and misused in English writing. To avoid making this error in your writing, use ErrNET, the world’s leading copyediting technology!

Lain sentence examples:

The building had lain barren for years until a dynamic developer converted it in to a thriving commercial and living space.

The large sewage pipe has lain idle for years until it was used for a new, recently built apartment complex.

The old, isolated prison has lain untouched since the last prisoners were released at the turn of the century.

The archeologists very carefully unearthed the ancient mummy who has lain beneath the soil for over one thousand years.

During the American Revolutionary War, the famous Washington Square in New York City was used as a burial site for soldiers, and these soldiers have lain there in peace ever since.

Lane sentence examples:

The bowling ball went down the center of the lane and knocked down all of the pins for a strike.

The oncoming car crossed over to the other lane and caused a major head-on collision.

The freeway lane was closed today due to construction and caused a major traffic jam.

I was being a smartass to my girlfriend and she told me to “stay in my lane.

The old country lane was so narrow that traffic could only flow in one direction at a time.

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