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Willie teaches me to lay v. to lie

3 Nov

There are a few things that no matter how many times you tell me, I will never absorb the information: how old my dad is, daylight savings (spring ahead; fall back—what is that?), and lastly, the tenses of to lie v. to lay. Willie has inspired me to take care of that last one. He said he’ll help me figure out a way to remember the tenses. Let’s see if this works!

To Lie—to rest or recline

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Simple Present: Willie lies on the couch now.

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Simple Past: Willie lay in the shade yesterday.

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Past Participle: Willie should have lain under the bed because he thought it was comfortable.

To Lay—to put something down

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Simple Present: Willie lays his lobster toy down.

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Simple Past: I laid Willie down on his back.

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Past Participle: Willie stood next to his red, stuffed toy which he had laid there only moments before.

I think Willie was on to something. I definitely remember the differences better now! Thank you WIllie, I’ll give you a treat 🙂

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