lay vs lie : Common Errors in English

About lay vs lie

You lay down the book you’ve been reading, but you lie down when you go to bed. In the present tense, if the subject is acting on some other object, it’s “lay.” If the subject is lying down, then it’s “lie.” This distinction is often not made in informal speech, partly because in the past tense the words sound much more alike: “He lay down for a nap,” but “He laid down the law.” If the subject is already at rest, you might “let it lie.” If a helping verb is involved, you need the past participle forms. “Lie” becomes “lain” and “lay” becomes “laid”: “He had just lain down for a nap,” and “His daughter had laid the gerbil on his nose.”

lay Meaning(s)

  • (n) a narrative song with a recurrent refrain
  • (n) a narrative poem of popular origin
  • (v) put into a certain place or abstract location
  • (v) put in a horizontal position
  • (v) prepare or position for action or operation
  • (v) lay eggs
  • (v) impose as a duty, burden, or punishment
  • (s) characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy
  • (s) not of or from a profession
  • (n) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  • (n) Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  • (n) position or manner in which something is situated
  • (v) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  • (v) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
  • (v) originate (in)
  • (v) be and remain in a particular state or condition
  • (v) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
  • (v) have a place in relation to something else
  • (v) assume a reclining position

lie Meaning(s)

  • (n) a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
  • (n) Norwegian diplomat who was the first Secretary General of the United Nations (1896-1968)
  • (n) position or manner in which something is situated
  • (v) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  • (v) be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position
  • (v) originate (in)
  • (v) be and remain in a particular state or condition
  • (v) tell an untruth; pretend with intent to deceive
  • (v) have a place in relation to something else
  • (v) assume a reclining position

lay in News

  1. NewPage mill to lay off 120 workers for a week, but salaried workers spared

    Posted June 12, 2013, at 8:14 a.m. RUMFORD — NewPage paper company will temporarily lay off about 120 hourly maintenance workers next week, mill spokesman Anthony Lyons said Tuesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bangor Daily News

  2. BJC Hospitals To Lay-Off 160 Employees

    ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The BJC Hospital group began lay-offs on Wednesday. The hospital says the lay-offs are because...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: FOX 2 News St. Louis

  3. Lay members meet to contribute to Regnum Christi's transformation

    ROME (CNS) -- Members of Regnum Christi, the lay movement associated with the Legionaries of Christ, said they don't feel they are on a salvage mission, but rather are part of a transformation.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Catholic News Service

lie in News

  1. Scientific Consultant From Lie to Me TV Series to Keynote at the Enterprise Learning! Conference & Expo 2013

    Dr. Paul Ekman to Lecture on Serious Lies and Why They Succeed at ELCE August 27th, 2013 (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10834120.htm
    on June 14, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Dating site: 40 percent of Detroit men lie about having kids

    Apparently men lie about having kids on online dating websites, and Detroit fathers are among the worst offenders.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: MLive Detroit

  3. “Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect” at the Barn

    Left to right - Jaime Collick, Justin Mackey, Emilee Caughel and Gino Fracassa hover over Jeff Pedue in The Barn Theatre’s opening production of the comedy, “Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect” June 13-15. read more
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Sanilac County News

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