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  • I'm Sian from BBC Learning English, and today we're going to look at the difference between 'lay' and 'lie'.

  • So 'lay' always has an object, and it means 'put something or someone down carefully' – normally in a flat position.

  • When I eat I lay a cloth on the table.

  • You can lay a baby in a cot.

  • The past tense is 'laid', but careful with the spelling.

  • I laid all my cards on the table.

  • The verb 'lie' doesn't have an object and it means that you are 'in a flat position' or you 'put yourself in a flat position'- so you move on your own.

  • Tonight I want to lie on the sofa and watch a film.

  • But be careful.

  • Now, the past of 'lie' is 'lay'.

  • Yesterday I lay on the beach and read my book.

I'm Sian from BBC Learning English, and today we're going to look at the difference between 'lay' and 'lie'.

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A2 UK lay flat object position laid careful

Lie vs Lay: English In A Minute

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