Here is part seven in my new series, where I take a look at the weird and wonderful world of words. If you missed part one, please click here. You’ll find part two here and part three here. For part four click here. Now for parts five and six.
Q. When do you use the words ‘lay’ and ‘lie’?
A. You use the verb ‘lay’ to refer to putting something down. There needs to be an object e.g.:
I am going to lay the book flat on the table.
I laid the book flat on the table.
The word ‘lie’ is an irregular verb and doesn’t need an object e.g.:
When I’m on holiday, I love to lie out in the sun.
When I was on holiday, I lay out in the sun.
‘Lie’ has another meaning – when someone says something, which isn’t true e.g.:
I lied to my mum when I said I liked her new shoes.
Interesting word of the week:
Meaning: casting a shadow/making shade.
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