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Today, I want to write about an error I see frequently: the incorrect use of “lie,” “lay,” and “laid.”
When you’re using present tense, “to lie” is something people do, and “to lay” is something you do to something else.
Present Tense Example:
I want to lie in bed all day.
Please lay the book on the counter.
When you’re using the past tense, “lay” is actually the past form of “lie,” which sounds really strange!
Past Tense Example:
Yesterday, I lay in bed all day.
I laid the book on the counter.
Here’s a chart:
Present Tense Past Tense
People lie lay
Objects lay laid
Do you see why English can be a confusing language to learn?
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