Lay and lie

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Lay means put down something carefully or put down something flat. It always takes an object.

Lay is a regular verb. Its forms are:

Infinitive: to lay
Present Participle: laying
Past: laid
Past participle: laid
Present singular: lays

Lie

Lie means be down or be placed flat on a surface. It is an irregular verb. Its forms are:

Infinitive: to lie
Present Participle: lying
Past: lay
Past participle: lain (formal)
Present singular: lies

There is also a regular verb lie. It means say something that is not true. Its forms are:

Infinitive: to lie
Present Participle: lying
Past: lied
Past Participle: lied
Present singular: lies

See also

Laid off vs. Fired
Last and the last
Lay and lie
The least and the fewest
Less and fewer
Let
Like and as
Likely
Little
Look

See also

Just
Just, already and yet

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