#GrammarSeries – This is the difference between lay and lie

Grammar concept with toy dice

Hello Sparkle Writers, it’s been a while since we did the difference post so why not?

Today we are discussing lay and lie. 

Do you know the difference? We will teach you in the simplest form.

Lay requires a direct object and lie does not. So you lie down on the sofa (no direct object), but you lay the book down on the table (the book is the direct object).

This is in the present tense, where you are talking about doing something now: you lie down on the sofa, and you lay down a book.

Here are a few questions that will help test your knowledge of the subject. 

1. Yesterday, the cat ________ in the sun.

a. Lay

b. Lied

2. Last week, I ______ the towel on the chair.
a. Lay 
b. Laid 
3. That book has ______ on the table for days.
a. Lain 
b. Laid
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