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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #98155: Use of Verbs 'lay' and 'lie'
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    Use of Verbs 'lay' and 'lie'



    Some Tips to Note

    Lay means 'put down flat/carefully'.

    Lie means 'to be down or become horizontal'.

    Lay is a transitive verb. So it always needs an object.

    But lie is an intransitive verb which has no object. Therefore, lie is never used in its passive form. Whenever there is an object, use the appropriate form of lay.

    The verb lie (meaning 'to say things that are not true') adds to the confusion.

    Additionally, there is a tendency to use lay in cases where Standard English has lie.

     Eg: I am going to lay down for a while (standard English is lie down).

    Present tense

    Past Tense

    Present Participle

    Past Participle

    lay

    laid

    laying

    laid

    lie

    lay

    lying

    lain

     

    lie

    ( speak untruth)

    lied

    lying

    lied






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    1. Tom tiles on the floor when his friend visited him yesterday.

    2. Please on the floor for a while.

    3. Let the sleeping children without being disturbed.

    4. I for a short while before lunch every day.

    5. The hen never more than one egg in a day.

    6. The invoice for payment on the director's table for more than a week as of today.

    7. Tom for a nap a few minutes ago.

    8. Peter carpet for a living.

    9. Tom down his keys when someone took them.

    10. Peter in the sun for an hour yesterday evening.

    11. Please the child on the sofa for a while.

    12. He the child in its crib.









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