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Hello.

What is the difference in meaning between these sentences?

- The book lay on the table.
- The book was lying on the table.
- The book was on the table.

Thanks.
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No difference in meaning. People have different preferences and that's why not everybody uses exactly the same words.

CB
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JesusenglandWhat is the difference in meaning between these sentences?

- The book lay on the table.
- The book was lying on the table.
- The book was on the table.
It's not that they have a very different meaning, but that they might be used in different situations. Sometimes they are interchangeable.

The book lay on the table for six weeks before anyone realized where it was.
Ben finally found the book he was looking for. It was lying on the table.
Where is the book? Well, it was on the table a minute ago. Isn't it there now?


Try looking these up in Google to see examples of how they are used.

CJ
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I would be grateful if anyone could help me about the difference between these sentences.

Thanks.
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Excellent clarification CalifJim. Simply PERFECT Emotion: smile

The book _ on the table for weeks