The Difference Between "Lay" and "Lay"
Here's the final problem with "lay" and "lie":
The two verbs share a common word: "lay."
To use "lay" and "lie" correctly, you
first have to learn to use "lay"
and "lay" correctly.
There are the two different verb forms spelled "lay":
Although these two words are spelled the same (lay),
they are different and unrelated words.
Using "Lay" and "Lay" Correctly
You write, correctly,
"I now lay the book on the
(taking the verb from column 2, as a the present
tense of "lay") and
"Yesterday at 2 p.m., I lay
down for a nap"
(taking the verb from column 3, as the past
tense of "lie").
Learn to distinguish
from lie in the present tense
- laid from
lay in the past tense
Look back at the chart above and study these two pairs of
confusing words that derive from the confusion of "lay"
Here's some practice in distinguishing lay from lay by learning to distinguish
from lie and laid from lay