Lie vs. Lay Oh the agony…
Lie • This means to “recline” or “be in a flat position” • It’s always intransitive, which means it doesn’t have an object • Most often refers to people and animals • Forms of: lie(s), lay, am/is/was lying, has/have lain
Samples for “lie” • I’m tired, so I need to lie down. • The cat lay on the rug and purred. • You have been lying on the bed long enough. • The baby has lain quietly sleeping in her crib for an hour. Yay. • He had lain down on my only clean shirt.
Tricksy things about Lie Keep in mind that not only do people and animals “lie” or recline; objects and places do too: • Let the apples lie where they fall. • The town lies by the edge of a small bay. • The tractor was lying on its side in the middle of the field. • Lay is the past tense of lie. Because it is. Ex: I felt sick this morning, so I lay down for a nap.
Lay (lay, laid, laying, laid) • Is used to mean “put” or “place” and it’s always transitive, requiring an object (shown below w/an “o”) o You may lay your coat on the chair. o Did you notice where I laid my purse?
More samples for lay o The workmen have been laying tile in the kitchen. o Today we laid the cornerstone for the new building.
Now create the chart on your own paper: RECLINE, IN FLAT POSITION: lie (lies) lay (am/is/was) lying (has/have) lain PLACEMENT/PUT Lay (s) laid laying (has/have) laid