Confused about when to use lie or lay? Here’s the solution! To lie means to rest or recline, like “I lie down when I am sick.” The verb tenses of lie are lying, lay, and lain (notice that the past tense of lie is lay). To lay means to set down a thing or person (it must always have an object after it), like “I lay the book on the table.” The verb tenses of lay are laying, laid, and laid.

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