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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