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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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Writing wednesday

Writing Wednesday:

Lie or Lay?


Writing wednesday

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)


Writing wednesday

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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