lay or laid


is it I lay in my bed or I laid in my bed

See example:

I laid in my bed thinking of what I was going to do if they did not take me with them.
asked Nov 08 '12 at 16:04 Denise Otto New member

2 answers


Let's look at these two verbs, lie and lay.

Lie denotes action on the part of the subject to himself (or herself). I lie down.

Lay denotes action on the part of the subject to another object. I lay the book down.

Now, we conjugate these verbs in the past and present tenses.

                           Lie                     Lay

Present               lie                       lay

Past                    lay                      laid


Your sentence should read:

I lay in my bed...

link comment answered Nov 08 '12 at 16:15 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

In reference to J's answer.


"I know the hatred of anything resembling a display of learning is unbelievably and extraordinarily powerful in this place, but ..."


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link comment edited Nov 08 '12 at 22:17 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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