Today's Topic: Lay and Lie
At least we can get one thing straight right away. If you don't tell the truth, you tell a lie (past tense: lied).
Now things start to get more complicated, but here's a simple trick...
A person/animal will lie down, but an object needs someone to lay it down. That's pretty easy. Note: when I grew up, I was taught only humans lie down (animals lay down). That's no longer the case. Animals also lie, unless a chicken needs to lay an egg. *chuckle*
But, as is true of most things in Grammar World, there is a complication.
The past tense of lie is lay. What? Again, the deciders of all things grammar love to mock us.
So, for a handy resource, I put it in a graphic*.
Just in case I haven't emphasized it enough, Grammar Girl is an excellent resource for your grammar questions. Everything is laid out (see how I did that) in a simple to understand and comprehensive manner.
Thanks to Susan for commenting about covering lay and lie.
Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it on a future post.
* I'm just starting to play around with PicMonkey, so no graphic masterpieces yet.