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Is it ‘lay’ or ‘lie’?

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The difference between “lay” and “lie” doesn’t come from who’s doing the action (people or dogs)—it comes from the action itself, writes The Morn­­ing Call commentator Bill White. Some people were taught that people lie, while animals lay, but this is incorrect.

Use “lie” when the subject is doing the action: “I lie down at night when I’m tired.” Use “lay” when the subject is doing something to an object: “I lay my book on my bedside table before I lie down.”

— Adapted from “Grammar Police address canard about lay and lie,” Bill White, Morning Call.

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