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Examples for lay
Zaw laid his head in his hands and sobbed. He had a 79.4 average in his English class, and the evil Mrs. Varner would not bump his grade up to a B.
Robin can't __________ anything on the counter. Money, glasses of orange juice, stacks of paper--all of these get swatted to the floor by her mischievous cat, Buster.
have lain, lay, lie
lay
The last slice of cheesecake __________ on a platter in the middle of the table; everyone wanted to eat it, but only Cassandra was assertive enough to scoop the slice onto her own plate.
lay, was laying, laid
lay
simple present forms--lays and lies
Use the simple present forms when you mean action which happens consistently or action which is happening presently. Example:Jack always lays the cordless telephone where no one can find it; only the rings of an incoming call will betray its presence.
Rachel __________ the telephone receiver on the table and returned to the sci-fi novel she had left on the couch. The poor solicitor at the other end read five more minutes of spiel before realizing that no one was listening.
laid, layed ,lay
laid
Lie
means to rest or recline. Lie is an intransitive verb, so no direct object will follow.
Pumpkin, my oldest cat, loves __________ on my pillow. All night long, she and my head fight for room.
to lay, to lie, to be laying
to lie
Examples for lie
After a hard day of chewing pig ears and scratching fleas, my dog Floyd lies on the kitchen floor and takes a well-deserved nap.
Examples for lay
If Latorrance had not laid his essay on the cafeteria table, ketchup stains would not decorate four of the pages.
Examples for lie
Shimmering with all the colors of the spectrum, a thick, greasy film lay on the surface of the squid eyeball stew.
Lay
means to put or place something or someone down. Because lay is a transitive verb, a direct object will come after it. A direct object receives the action of the verb.
simple past forms--laid and lay
Use the simple past forms when you mean action completed in the past.
Example:Rachel laid her month-late essay in Dr. Cohen's mailbox, hoping that he would still accept the work.
Lay example sentence
During a commercial break, Quentin laid his sleeping son Jeremy on the bed and covered him with a quilt before returning to the Godzilla marathon on late night TV.
Saxe, Diane's horse, will let you know when she deserves another carrot or apple. She sticks out her tongue so that it __________ outside her mouth like a long, fat, pink worm.
lies, lays, will lay
lies
While Karen was chopping green peppers at the sink, Chris __________ a long, fat anchovy onto the pizza, camouflaging it with sliced mushrooms and onions.
laid, layed or lay
laid
When Carol went hunting through the kitchen cupboards for a midnight snack, she found a single stale Oreo __________ in a crumpled bag behind an empty Fruit Loops box.
laying , lying, lieing
lying
Melody __________ her head on the desk in defeat. Even though she had studied until 3 a.m. that morning, she could make no sense of the chemistry problems on the exam before her.
laid, layed or lay
laid
Removing the dirty sock from her granddaughter's mouth, Jeanne __________ Abigail in the crib and chased after Savannah, the family's new kitten, who was using the couch as a scratching post. Babies of any species, Jeanne knew, required constant supervision.
laid, lay ,lain
laid
past participle forms--has lain and had just laid
Use the past participle forms whenever you have an auxiliary verb forming the tense. Example:Rinalda had just laid the last piece of chicken on the grill when a bolt of lightning and clap of thunder signaled the early end of the family's picnic.
After an especially long week at work, Deepa __________ on the sofa, watching television and trying to relax. Once the University of Florida football game began, however, she was jumping up every five minutes to boo referee calls and cheer effective Gator plays.
was laying, laid, lay
lay
Examples for lay
Every afternoon, Robin lays her keys on the counter, and then Buster, her cat, bats them onto the floor.
Kevin __________ the dripping barbecue sandwich on his plate and grabbed a fork and knife. He ignored the stares of the other restaurant patrons and ate his sandwich with utensils.
laid, layed, lay
laid
Examples for lie
The bill for the expensive meal has lain on the table so long that Melissa wonders if her boyfriend Kris has forgotten that it is his turn to pay.
Lie example sentence
The center of Diane's bed always smells like dog because Reliable, her beagle, lies there every chance he gets.
Jacob's physics notes were tucked in his book bag. A half-read copy of Moby Dick served as a coaster for a glass of cold Pepsi. An unopened trigonometry book was __________ on the desk. Although final exams were only two days away, Jacob decided to play another level of Duke Nukem, his favorite computer game.
laying,lying, lieing
lying
Bill went to the bank interview smelling of wet dog. He had __________ his one suit on the bed before going into the bathroom to shave. Dripping from the rain, Skipper, his Labrador retriever, decided the jacket made a perfect towel.
lain, laid, layed
laid
The bright floral-print tie __________ against Dr. Kinser's crisp white shirt gives everyone the impression that snow has fallen in the rainforest.
laying, lying, lieing
lying
The students who have Mr. Sebacher for World Literature believe that their professor reads Homer, Dante, and Shakespeare all evening. The reality is that Mr. Sebacher __________ on the couch, eats Doritos, and channel surfs until midnight.
laid, lays, lies
lies
Theodora will nuzzle a snake, kiss a frog, and let a tarantula crawl up her arm. But if you were __________ a bowl of lima beans on the dining room table, she would run screaming from the house.
to lie, to lay, to have lain
to lay
____________ on the kitchen counter, the chocolate chip cookie teased Spencer, Eli's Chihuahua, who sat on the linoleum, whining and drooling.
Laying, Lieing, Lying
Lying