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lay/lie

Lay is a transitive verb that means "toplace or put." Lie is an intransitiveverb meaning "to rest on a surface". Both verbs are irregular.


Now I always lay my glasses next to mycomputer. [present tense]

My glasses always lie next to my computer. [presenttense]

Twice last week I laid my glasses on thelaboratory bench. [past tense]

Twice last week my glasses lay on thelaboratory bench. [past tense]

I forgot where I had laid my glasses. [past participle]

I found that my glasses had lain on thelaboratory bench all day. [past participle]


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