Angela’s ABCs – Lie and Lay

Words often confused: lie and lay The verbs to lie and to lay have very different meanings: To lie means to rest, to recline or to be in a horizontal position. To lay means to put or to place. There is an essential difference between these two verbs: To lie is an intransitive verb: it describes an action undertaken by the subject, but it never has a direct object. It does not express the kind of action that can be done to anything: I lie here every day. I lay here yesterday. I will lie here tomorrow. I am lying here now. I have lain here every day for… Read More