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  1. Lie vs. Lay Oh the agony…

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. More samples for lay o The workmen have been laying tile in the kitchen. o Today we laid the cornerstone for the new building.

  7. 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

  8. Go get the groovy grammar books and let’s do the exercises on page 355.