Are these guys lying on the bed or laying on the bed?
Which is it? Because I totally mess this up. Often. Just when I think I have it–I don’t.
I guess you could say I suck at LYING. (Which is a good thing. I think.)
Since I struggle with this I thought you might, too.
To LAY means to put or place something down; to LIE means to rest.
Since these cute adorable pooches are resting I’d say they’re LYING on their left sides. Wouldn’t you?
Here’s why I get confused. The past tense of LIE is LAY. Huh? Sheesh, could our language get any more confusing?
Hence, if I wrote the above sentence in PAST tense it would be: Yesterday, these cute pooches were laying on my bed.
The following examples are also correct:
The dogs LAY awake all night.
Let them LIE there.
They have LAIN down to rest.
If you haven’t visited the Grammar Girl’s website check it out here: Grammar Girl. She has a nifty little chart you can keep handy that’ll help remind you of the LIE versus LAY rules and others.
Are you proficient at LYING?