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Lay Vs Lie !! (How to use them correctly)

Bilal.Bilal. Posts: 50 ✭✭
edited August 2015 in Words Words Words
'Lay' and 'Lie' these two words have always been the matter of confusion. Whoever says them, may speak them wrongly. If you're some one who is more concerned about writing and speaking carefully, So, this is the place for you. your communication skills will be strengthened by keeping them straight, so here's the lowdown. Lay's most common meaning is "to place (something or someone) down in a flat position." Lie's corresponding meaning is "to be in a flat position on a surface." Lay is transitive; it requires that the verb have an object; there has to be a thing or person being placed: Lay it down. Lie, on the other hand, is intransitive. It's for something or someone moving on their own or something that's already in position: You can lie down there. You can lie there all day.

That's tricky enough, but it gets worse when we start using the words beyond the present tense. Here's lay in context in tenses that show its principal forms:

I was told to lay the book down. I laid it down as I have laid other books down. I am laying more books down now.

And here's lie:

I was told to lie down. I lay down. I have lain here since. I'm still lying here.

Did you catch that? For lay, we have lay, laid, have laid, laying; for lie, we have lie, lay, have lain, lying. And then there's the unrelated verb meaning "to tell an untruth." That lie goes lie, lied, have lied, lying.

Yes, it's really that complicated. We apologize. If you want to brush up, focus on the present and past tense – they do most of the work by far – and check the dictionary entries when you're not sure.

And even if you are certain, give the other guy a break.


(Source:- Merriam-Webster.)

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