Lie or lay?
It’s not a lie that learning the differences between lie and lay can be difficult. In this video, we explain the differences.
1. Watch the video
- Watch the video without captions to test your listening.
- Then watch it with captions to check your understanding.
You can switch on and off the captions in the video for this activity.
After watching the video, complete the following activity. Fill in the blanks with lie, lying or lay.
1. They had to tell a white _________________to get things going.
2. My kid likes to ______________on me when we’re watching TV.
3. I knew she was ________________. She looked guilty.
4. “Do you know how to _________________tiles?” she asked.
5. Getting chooks to __________________ eggs in your backyard requires patience.
Today’s English On The Go lesson is on lie and lay.
Let’s start with lie. A lie is something that’s not true.
That’s a lie. Can you tell me the truth?
Don’t believe them! They’re always telling lies.
The past form in this case is lied.
He lied to me. That really hurt me.
The act of not telling the truth is called lying.
Are you lying to me?
To lie can mean to be in a horizontal position.
My cat likes to lie on top of me.
Lie is often used with down.
Why don’t you lie down if you’re feeling sleepy?
The past form of lie in this case is lay.
He lay on the couch after a busy day at work.
To lay can mean to put something down.
The hen lays eggs.
I lay out my outfit going to take a shower.
The past form is laid.
The hen laid many eggs.
She laid out her wedding dress on the bed.
Answers to activity:
1. They had to tell a white lie to get things going.
2. My kid likes to lie on me when we’re watching TV.
3. I knew she was lying. She looked guilty.
4. “Do you know how to lay tiles?” she asked.
5. Getting chooks to lay eggs in your backyard requires patience.