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LIE or LAY? – with simple images

LIE or LAY? – with simple images

LIE or LAY? What’s the difference?

In today’s blog, we’ll look at the difference step-by-step. Our simple images will make learning these often confusing verbs very easy.

Firstly, we are NOT talking about this verb:

TO LIE

TO GIVE FALSE INFORMATION

I lied and told the barman that I was 18.

I lied to my boss and said that I was sick. I didn’t feel like working.

I’m sure your mum will know if you’re lying.

 

infinitive

past simple past participle

present participle

LIE

LIED LIED

LYING

 

We are going to look at a different LIE, and then compare it with LAY.

Difference #1: Definition (LIE)

 

 

(LAY)

 

 

Difference #2: Verb Formation

Study the next image carefully. English learners find it confusing that ‘lay’ is the past simple of ‘lie’, but also the infinitive of a different verb. Native English speakers will also confuse the usage of these different forms!

 

 

Difference #3: Grammar

 

 

More examples…

 

 

Enjoy English!

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