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Lie vs. Lay

10 November 2:00 am
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When does one use the word “lie” vs. the word “lay” ?

Do you avoid these two words all together because you don’t want to get it wrong?

Well,  here is the rule–

LIE means “to recline”.  It is intransitive and never takes on an object.     I LIE DOWN ON THE BED.

LAY means “to put”.  It is transitive and always takes an object.      I LAY MY BABY DOWN FOR HER NAP.

What’s confusing, is the past tense of LIE is LAY.     YESTERDAY, I LAY ON THE BED.

The past tense of LAY is LAID.     YESTERDAY,  I LAID THE BABY DOWN FOR HER NAP.

Still confusing?  A little!

Just remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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