Lay and Lie

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Lay and Lie

 

Present

Past

Present Participle

Past Participle

lie

lay

Lying

lain

Full conjugation of "lie," as in "to lie down" or "to lie" on something.

Present

I

you

he, she, it

we, they

lie (down)

lie (down)

lies (down)

lie (down)

Past

I, you, he, she, it, we, they

lay (down)

Present participle

I

you

he, she, it

we, they

am lying, was lying (down)

are lying, were lying (down)

is lying, was lying (down)

are lying, were lying (down)

Past participle

I, you, he, she, it, we, they

have lain, had lain (down)

 

 

Present

Past

Present Participle

Past Participle

lay

laid

laying

laid

"Lay" as a Regular Verb

"Lay" has the same parts as other regular verbs--only it uses the spelling "laid" and not "layed" for the past tense:

Present: Now I lay the book on the table.

Past: I laid the book on the table yesterday.

Present Participle: While I was laying the book on the table, the phone rang.

Past Participle: After I had laid the book on the table, it fell off.