In order to learn "lay" and "lie," you first need to know the difference between regular and irregular verbs.
As you will see, "lay" is a regular verb.
The Pattern of Regular Verbs
Regular verbs follow a familiar pattern:
Examples of Regular Verbs
Here are some sentences using regular verbs in all the tenses:
To keep this review simple, I did not list the future tense above. Let's add it now. The future tense adds "will" to the present or "will have" to the past.
Some people insist that it is necessary to say "I shall" and "we shall," though "I will" and "we will" are commonly accepted.
The 4 Parts of a Verb
For simplicity, we say a verb has four parts--such as call, called, calling, called--out of which the other verb forms are constructed.
Most verbs in English follow this regular pattern. Here are some examples to remind you--ending with the regular verb "lay."
Think of the following chart this way:
"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:
"Lay Away," "Lay Out," etc.
There are several other verbs that include "lay." These are regular and they all take an object: Lay away, lay by, lay down, lay off, lay on, lay up, and lay out. Glance over them before going any further.
Practice Using the Regular Verb "Lay"
Irregular Verbs do not follow the regular pattern of regular verbs.
As you will see, "lie" is an irregular verb.
Some Irregular Verbs
"Lie" as an Irregular Verb
All of the Verb "to lie"
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