lay, laid or lied?

Hello all!

How are you today?

Today, I am fine but let me tell you that last night I was so tired that as soon as I got home and lay down, I fell asleep and missed one of my best friend’s birthday party. I do not know what happened, I just wanted to rest for a few minutes but I laid my head on the pillow and in a few seconds I was sound asleep.

It was so embarrassing that I lied when she called me to see where I was… 😦

NOW, let me teach you some English. Look at the three past tenses I have highlighted: lay, laid and lied.

They are the verbs:

To lie: (Irregular) To be or place oneself at rest in a flat, horizontal position; to recline. In the present we use “lie” or “lies”, in the past “lay”, in the past participle “lain” and the gerund is “lying”.

Example:

He always lies on the sofa for a few minutes after lunch.

To lay: (regular) To put, set down or cause to lie down. In the present we use “lay” or “lays”, in the past “laid”, in the past participle “laid” and the gerund is “laying”.

Example:

Remember to be very careful when you lay the baby in its crib.

To lie: (regular) To present false information with the intention of deceiving. . In the present we use “lie” or “lies”, in the past “lied”, in the past participle “lied” and the gerund is “lying”.

Example:

Please, do not lie to me!

It seems a bit complicated but it is not that much…

Just remember:

To lie”, not to tell the truth, is a regular verb and follows all the rules.

You always “lay” someone or something. “To lay” is a transitive verb and therefore it needs an object: “the baby” in the above example. It is also regular and follows the rules.

And “to lie”, to recline, is an intransitive verb which means that it does not need an object and it is the irregular one that you have to memorize.

It is not that difficult, is it?

New vocabulary

Embarrassing:  Something is “embarrassing” when it makes someone feel ashamed, nervous or silly.

Sound asleep: To be sound asleep is to be sleeping deeply.

Well, this is all for today…

Take care and have a great day!!

Victoria

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