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Interactive quiz: Lie/Lay

"Lie" and "lay" are often confused, probably because the past tense of "lie" is "lay." But the two have different meanings.

"Lie" means "recline" or "be located" and is intransitive, which means it cannot take a direct object. "Lie" conjugates lie-lay-lain. If you can substitute a form of the verb "to be" (is, are, was, were, being) and the sentence still makes sense grammatically, you want "lie."

"Lay" means "put something down in a flat position" and is transitive, which means it takes a direct object. "Lay" conjugates lay-laid-laid. If you can substitute "put" for the verb and the sentence still makes sense grammatically, you want "lay."

Choose the correct word in the 10 sentences of this quiz. Click "start quiz" below to begin.

 

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