Lie vs Lay
lie 和 lay二者之间的区别
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.