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