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Lie vs. Lay
You will impress your family and friends with your grammar skills if you can distinguish between lie and lay. These words confuse even
the best editors, so you pretty much have to memorize a chart and then practice to build your confidence.
Lie vs. Lay Chart
||Past Participle (used with helping verbs such as have)
|To put or place
||has/have/had laid something
|To tell a falsehood
Example of to recline in present tense: I lie down for a nap at two o’clock every day.
Same example as above in past tense: I lay down yesterday for a nap.
Same example as above with a participle: I have lain down every day this week.
Example of to put or place something in present tense: I lay the book down.
Same example as above in past tense: I laid the book down.
Same example as above with a participle: I have laid the book down.
Example of to tell a falsehood in present tense: I am tempted to lie about my weight.
Same example as above in past tense: I lied about my weight when I renewed my driver’s license.
Same example as above with a participle: I have lied about my weight each time I have renewed my driver’s license.
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