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    Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    1) Before going to sleep, Jane lay or laid John on the couch.

    2) Feeling tired, John lay or laid down.

    3) She lay or laid him down.
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    Re: Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    Any takers?

    EDIT: Nevermind, I figured it out.

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    #3

    Re: Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    Let me see if I can help you answer your own question.

    Do you understand the difference between "to lie" and "to lay"?
    If so, do you know the past forms of each?

    If the person simply reclines, which verb is that?
    What is the past form of that verb?

    If a person sets something down (including him/herself), which verb is that?
    What is the past form of that verb?

    It will be easier for you to get it right next time if you work though this yourself. Many native speakers struggle with lie/lay as well.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    It's so easy. Thanks anyway.

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    Re: Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    Quote Originally Posted by PlacidRan View Post
    It's so easy. Thanks anyway.
    No - it's not easy.

    Native speakers confuse these verbs all the time, as Barb said.

    For the benefit of students who might be wondering what the correct answers are, perhaps you'd like to tell us what you have concluded.

    Rover

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    Re: Lay or Laid (in these sentences)

    For the benefit of students who might be wondering what the correct answers are, perhaps you'd like to tell us what you have concluded.
    As you have declined to do this, I'll do it for you:

    1) laid
    2) lay
    3) laid

    Rover

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