Lay vs Lie - English Grammar - Teaching Tips


The two words "lay" and "lie" are often confused for each other, which is why we decided to break down the differences in this video. "Lay" is what is called a transitive verb. That means, it needs to be followed by one or more objects. A good example sentence would be "I lay the book on the table". As you can see, lay is followed by ""on the table"". We couldn't only say "I lay the book." as it would be incomplete. This means it is transitive. "Lie" on the other hand is an intransitive verb. That means it doesn't take an object, for example "I lie down". Most errors have to do with the past tenses of the two verbs, as the past tense of "lie" is "lay" while the past tense of "lay" is "laid".

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This unit was pretty intense, i find these tenses are very similar and more difficult to grasp. The answers are very similar. I need more practice using all these tenses to understand them correctly. I am eager to move along and learn more in the English language. Being English speaking and never hearing of these tenses is alarming and i am glad i have the chance to learn more.This unit offered great insight into the differences between different types of learners. These differences can be related to a number of factors such as age, language level, or cultural background. It is interesting to see that these differences can require a change in lesson plan and/or teaching strategy and I am interested to learn more about these changes in upcoming units.

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