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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