Lying and Laying
Lying and Laying : Grammar and Spelling Tips
Don't mix up lie and lay. You lay something as in:
• They are going to lay the carpet.
But you lie down on a bed or other flat surface.
Sentences such as the following ones are wrong.
• He is laying on the bed or why don't you lie it on the bed?
Correct forms are:
• He is lying on the bed and why don't you lay it on the bed?
The past tense and past participle of lay is laid.
• They laid the groundwork.
• She had laid careful plans.
The past tense of lie is lay and the past participle is lain.
• He lay on the floor.
• She had lain on the bed for hours.
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