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Lie/ Lay/ Lie
Among what is called "deceiving" verbs, which you mix up again and again, To LIE and To LAY are really the most difficult ones to distinguish and use correctly: real traitors to deceive you...
First, there are two verbs : "LIE" ; their infinitive forms are similar, but one is regular, whereas the other one is irregular !
Besides, the preterite of the irregular verb (LAY) happens to be similar to the infinitive of another irregular verb (To LAY), which is also used very often. I know many advanced students who have to make a little pause to think before using them when speaking! Let's try to see more clearly the differences between those three verbs.
1) To LIE, LIED, LIED to someone (regular verb) = to speak falsely to someone.
* BEWARE of articles : to tell a lie = indefinite article= there are multitudes of lies BUT To tell the truth = definite one because there's only one truth!
2) To LIE, LAY, LAIN= to be resting in a horizontal position.
To lie awake
3) To LAY, LAID, LAID = put in a flat position, produce eggs.
A lay-by = a rest area
Here you are! That's quite easy, but if you want to be too fast, you may be easily mistaken. Good luck for the test!
Take the time to think for a second... Then, it will become automatic!
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