Instructions to Use 'Lay' and 'Lie'

Lay signifies "to put something down level," while lie signifies "to be in a level situation on a surface."

Difference Between Lay and Lie

Assuming you're somebody who thinks often about composition and talks cautiously, however, your relational abilities will be reinforced by keeping them straight, so here's the lowdown. Lay's most normal significance is "to put (a person or thing) down in a level position." Lie's relating importance is "to be in a level situation on a surface." Lay is transitive; it necessitates that the action word has an item; there must be a thing or individual being set: Lay it down. Lie, then again, is intransitive. It's for something worth talking about or somebody continuing all alone or something currently ready: You can rest there. You can lie there morning, noon, and night.

Tenses of Lay and Lie

Here's lay in setting in tenses that show its chief structures:

  • I was told to lay the book down.

  • I laid it down as I have laid different books down.

  • I'm laying more books down at this point.

And here's lie:

  • I was told to lie down.

  • I lay down.

  • I have lain here since.

  • I'm still lying here.


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