English Express | Lay and Lie


Learn the difference between the two verbs lay and lie in this episode from English Express, a podcast from English Plus Podcast Network.

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Welcome to a new English Express episode. In this episode we will talk about the difference between two verbs that cause a lot of problems trust me lay and lie late la Why lie lie? You can find a transcript of this episode on my website English plus podcast.com. There’s a link in the description of course, but better yet, if you are a premium subscriber on Patreon, you will get exclusive Episodes Series and resources to take your English and learning to the next level. You can find the links you need in the description of the episode. Now without further ado, let’s talk about the difference between lay and lie. So let’s start with late la why? Well lay is a transitive verb and it is also a past tense of another verb a lie. See, here’s the problem here where we can start going crazy about what lay lie. What is it? Well, you have to remember that it is confusing, I know I admit. But lay is a transitive verb on its own in the present, but it’s also the past tense of another verb which is lie. Well, to lay something somewhere means to put it there carefully. For example, lay a sheet of newspaper on the floor, not just throw it there just to put it there carefully. Now the other forms of lay are lays laying and laid. For example, Michael lays the box on the sand gently and looks at me or I couldn’t get a taxi she said laying her hand on Nick’s sleeve or she laid the cigarette in the ashtray. Now remember, all of these are transitive verbs. So you can see that we have an object we said lays the box Michael lays the box. She said laying her hand that’s an object or she laid the cigarette there’s an object as well to remember late if you want to use it, you need an object with it because it’s a transitive verb. That’s the meaning of a transitive verb. So that was about lay What about ly used as a verb obviously, light is an intransitive verb with two different meanings. And here just to mention it transitive verb. What does that mean? That means you need an object in transitive verb that means you can’t have an object with it right? But let’s go back to ly which is an intransitive verb, you have two different meanings with lie to lie somewhere means to be there in a horizontal position or to get into that position. For example, she would lie on the floor in her overalls. Now, when lie is used like this, this meaning it’s other forms are lies, lying lay and Lane bombing tell you that the past participle lane is rarely used. I’ll give you a couple of examples, address lies on the floor. The baby was lying on the table. I lay in bed in the dormitory. But that’s not everything about lie to lie means to say or write something which you know is untrue. When lie is used like this, it’s other forms are lies, lying and lied. So it simply becomes a regular verb, not an irregular verb just like the one I told you about before examples of that, why should he lied to me? Or Rudolph was sure that Thomas was lying was not telling the truth. He had lied about never going back. He did not tell the truth. He had not told actually the truth. Okay, so now I’m hoping that I’m kind of clearing up the confusion about these two verbs. But before I leave you, let me tell you also about lie when it is used as a noun, lie is also a noun. A lie is something that someone says or writes, which they know is untrue. So we can use it as a verb, and we can use it as a noun. For example, He knew that all these statements were lies, and we can use it like that. And if we want to use it with a verb we usually use tell when you say that someone tells a lie. For example, I have never told a lie to my students. So that was everything I wanted to share with you in this English Express episode about the difference between les la Why lie lie? Don’t forget to visit my website English plus podcast.com not only for the transcript, you can also check on the great learning opportunities you can find there. There’s the activity center with daily fun activities, quizzes and logic and math puzzles, and there’s a lot more available only to premium subscribers on Patreon. All the links you need are in the description of the episode. What are you waiting for? Take your English and learning to the next level and never stop learning with English plus podcast.com. Thank you very much for listening to this episode. This is your host Danny I will see you next time.

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