Lie/Lay Lesson

Try the exercise below.

From Fun with Grammar by Marcielle Brandler copyright 2005

Lie/Lay Practice

Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verbs lie or lay. Cover the answers below.

1.  I always ____________ my book on the same table when I come home.

2.  I always ____________  down for a nap when I get home.

3.  Why do you always ____________ around, instead of helping us clean

up?

4.  Please help me ____________  the fire.

5.  I ____________  under this tree many times.

6.  Will Joshua help ____________ the table for dinner?

7.  I  just ____________ my flute in its box.

8.  Now that I ____________ the flute safely in its case, I can close the

lid.

9.  My dad ____________  down the law with all of us children.

10. Please start by ____________ your papers in front of you.

1.  lay

2.  lie

3.  lie

4.  lay

5.  have lain

6.  lay

7.  laid

8.  have laid

9.  laid

10. laying

If you answered even one of the above incorrectly, it is because of a very confusing
problem confusing to most people, even those we think should know the answers.

 

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From Fun with Grammar by Marcielle Brandler copyright 2005

Lie/Lay  Tell a lie

Lie = Recline. Lie yourself down

Present    Past  Future    Past Participle=   Present

Present Perfect    Progressive

I (you) lie        lay   will lie    have lain     am //is are

we they      lying

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he she       lies       lay      will lie   has lain                is lying

(it) who

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Lay = Lay something down. To put.

I (you)      lay           laid    will lay   have laid am/ are laying

we they

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he she      lays           laid     will lay   has laid        is laying

(it) who

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To lie = To tell a lie.

I (you)      lie        lied       will lie   have lied         am/are lying

we they

_____________________________________________________

he she      lies            lied        will lie   has lied      is lying

(it) who

Notice that the past tense of lie (relcine) is the same as the present tense of lay (to put). That is one reason why people are not able to decipher the difference between the two words.

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