The child lies on the bed. The parent lays the blanket on the child.Huge problems arise when these two verbs are inflected:
|Verb||Present Tense||Past Tense||Past Participle||Present Participle|
|lay||lay lays (3rd person)||laid||laid||laying|
|lie||lie lies (3rd person)||lay||lain||lying|
Yesterday, he laid the blanket on the child (past tense of lay).And for lie:
He has laid the blanket on the child (present-perfect tense using the past participle laid).
When his wife called, he was laying the blanket on the child (past-progressive tense using the present participle laying).
Yesterday, the child lay on the bed (past tense of lie).A trick you can use:
The child has lain on the bed (present-perfect tense using the past participle lain).
The child was lying on the bed (past-progressive tense using the present participle lying).
The word rise is similar to lie. They both are intransitive. And they both have the “eye” sound. The shade rises and lets in the sun. The child lies on the bed.Example: She often lays it there. I laid it there myself just yesterday, and I’ll be laying it there again tomorrow.
The word raise is similar to lay. They both are transitive. And they both have the “long a” sound. She raises the shade. She lays the book on the shelf.