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Writing Wednesday:. Lie or Lay?. Lay:. Lay means “to place something down.” It is something you do to something else. Lay Cont:. Incorrect: Lie the book on the table. Correct: Lay the book on the table. (The action is being done to something else). Lie:.

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Lay:
  • Lay means “to place something down.”
    • It is something you do to something else.
lay cont
Lay Cont:
  • Incorrect: Lie the book on the table.
  • Correct: Lay the book on the table.
    • (The action is being done to something else)
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Lie:
  • Lie means “to recline” or “be placed.”
    • It does not act on anything or anyone else.
lie cont
Lie Cont:
  • Incorrect: Lay down on the couch.
  • Correct: Lie down on the couch.
    • (It is not being done to anything else.)
past tense
Past Tense:
  • The reason lay and lie are confusing is their past tenses.
  • The past tense of lay is laid.
  • The past tense of lie is lay.
past tense cont
Past Tense Cont:
  • Incorrect: I lay it down here yesterday.
  • Correct: I laid it down here yesterday.
    • (The action is being done to something else.)
  • Incorrect: Last night I laid awake in bed.
  • Correct: Last night I lay awake in bed.
    • (The action is not being done to something else.)
past participles lie
Past Participles: Lie
  • The past participle of lie is lain.
  • Ex: I could have lain in bed all day.
    • (Sounds weird, I know, but this is RIGHT.)
past participles lay
Past Participles: Lay
  • The past participle of lay is the same as its past tense: laid.
    • Example: They have laid an average of 500 feet of telephone line per day.

LAYED IS A MISSPELLING AND DOES NOT EXIST! USE LAID.

set or sit
Set or Sit
  • Sit – to rest or recline
  • Set- to place or put something
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Examples:

  • The student (sat, set) in his desk.
  • The teacher (sat, set) the papers on the table.
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The books have been (sat, set) on the table.

  • I (sat, set) the cat down on the table.
  • I (sat, set) on the chair.
  • (Sat, Set) the box over there.
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