Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lay vs Lie

To lay or not to lay. That is the question.

Of is it lie?

Do you ever let Word's grammar checker tell you which to use?

*shivers*

LAY
A transitive verb (meaning it is always followed by a noun or a pronoun that receives the action of the verb).

It means to put or place.

Forms: lay, laying, laid, (have) laid

LIE
An intransitive verb that does not have an object.

It means to incline.

Forms: lie, lying, lay, (have) lain

Did you spot that? Lay appears as a form for both words! No wonder so many of us are confused!

It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!

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