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lay/lie

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lay/lie

Postby rikatori » Wed Oct 27, 2010 3:56 am

He laid/lied to us about his championship last summer.
Pls tell me what word is correct!
Thanks! {-:
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Re: lay/lie

Postby Josef » Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:32 pm

1. lie, lied, lied = to tell an untruth
The police claimed that the accused lied to them.

2. lie, lay, lain = to prostrate oneself flat on a suface
I feel sick. Can I lie down?

3. lay, laid, laid - to put something flat on a surface
Please lay the cloth across the table.
Lay the baby on the bed.

4. lay, laid, laid - produce an egg
Our chicken has laid 3 eggs today.

Americans tend to use 3 instead of 2.
I feel sick. Can I lay down?
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Re: lay/lie

Postby rikatori » Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:21 pm

so the answer is: He lied to us about his championship last summer.
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Re: lay/lie

Postby Josef » Wed Oct 27, 2010 2:19 pm

definitely yes, in BrE and AmE the same
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Re: lay/lie

Postby Hyacinth » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:31 pm

thanks rikatori for posting this question
and special thanks for josef for answering it

I've learnt something new from this topic
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