One of my pet peeves–makes me a little crazy even in light recreational reading!
I haven’t had a grammar post in a while, so here’s a new one!
A particularly challenging one for many people, the conundrum of lay versus lie.
Lay is an active verb. A person picks up a book and lays it on a chair. A chicken lays an egg. (The person and chicken are active.)
Lie is a still verb. People lie on beds. Cats lie on people. Fleas lie on cats. (The people, cats, and fleas are still.)
Lay: to place or set something.
|Simple||Progressive||Perfect||Perfect progressive (action continues for a while)|
|Present||I layYou layHe/she/it laysThey lay||I am layingYou are layingShe is layingThey are laying||I have laidYou have laidShe has laidThey have laid||I have been layingYou have been layingShe has been layingThey have been laying|
|Past||I laidYou laidShe laidThey laid||I was layingYou were layingShe was layingThey were laying||I…|
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