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The difference between ‘Lay’ and ‘Lie’

Both, ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ are verbs. Often, people get confused and do not know how to use them correctly.

‘Lay’ is a verb that means to put someone/something in a horizontal position.

Its three forms are, lay(present), laid(past and past participle)

Example: The staff lays the table neatly.

Example: We laid the kittens in the basket.

Example: John was injured. We laid him down on the sofa.

‘Lie” is a verb that means to be in a horizontal position or to move oneself into a horizontal position.

Its three forms are, lie(present), lay(past) and lain(past participle).

Example: I lie down in the afternoons to relax.

Example: John lay down for a while.

Example: The dog has lain at his master’s feet.

‘Lie’ also has another meaning. It is a verb that means the opposite of truth.

Its three forms are, lie(present), lied(past and past participle)

Example: Don’t lie, always speak the truth.

Example: Sarah lied about her university results.

Example: They had lied to us about their trip.

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