Grammar-ease: Lying vs Laying (Lie vs Lay)


Thank you, NHWN for this refresher on the uses of lay and lie. It took me a long time to get it right.

If you have time and energy, spot the errors in this storybook about a cat’s Quest for Nap: http://web.ncf.ca/co848/iWeb/light/Storyboard.html

I should make the time to correct it…

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Using lay versus lie has come up quite a bit, so here’s a re-do of my 2013 post on these tricky words.

Lay is an active verb. A person picks up a book and lays it on a chair. A chicken lays an egg. (The person and chicken are active.)

Lie is a still verb. People lie on beds. Cats lie on people. Fleas lie on cats. (The people, cats, and fleas are still.)

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Lay: to place or set something

SimpleProgressivePerfectPerfect progressive (action continues for a while)
PresentI lay

You lay

He/she/it lays

They lay

I am laying

You are laying

She is laying

They are laying

I have laid

You have laid

She has laid

They have laid

I have been laying

You have been laying

She has been laying

They have been laying

PastI laid

You laid

She laid

They laid

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