Lay vs Lie
The English verbs lay and lie are commonly confused by
even native English speakers. I'm not lying when I say that you can now
lay your fears of not knowing the difference to rest.
Lay is a transitive verb, which means that it must be used with a direct object. The past tense and the past participle of lay are both laid.
Lie is an intransitive verb, which means it cannot have a direct object. The past tense of lie is lay and the past participle is lain.
Lie (past tense lied) means to say something untrue.
There are two problems here. One is that lie and lay
mean more or less the same thing; it's just that lie is
intransitive and lay is transitive. In addition, the past
tense of lie is identical to the present tense lay. Just remember that in the
present, you lie down/on/in, but you
lay something. Once you've got that straight in your head, you just
need to work on the past tenses and you'll be all set - no lie!
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