Lay versus Lie Gives Woman Freakin’ Heart Attack


Chickens lay eggs, people lie down.

But then what about “Now I lay me down to sleep…?”

Never mind,  read this: “Every afternoon we lay down and rest for an hour,” laying is okay here because it’s in the past.

But are we chickens now?

Stop thinking. Here’s more: the past participle of the verb to lie is lain. The eggs were lain.

But Farmer Brown always says the chicken just layed eggs.

Shuttup. Memorize this now: Lie, lay, lain, is an intransitive verb that does not need an object.

Do you have any water? I feel like I need some water. And to lay down. I mean, lie down. I mean, someone lay me down. Sally?

Gitoverhere. Repeat after me: lie is generally used to refer to things, but may be used to refer to a group or class of people.

Can we open a window, y’all? I seriously need to lay lie lain my head down.

We’re not done yet. People lie, but you don’t lie people, but you can lay people.

Sorry, could you repeat that? I didn’t hear you, I was calling my therapist who just told me to lay down.

All you have to remember, simpleton, is lie, lay, lain, lay, laid, laid. Got it?

Someone call Sally! I need her to put my body in a reclining position.

Damn you Eric Clapton!

photo credit: Azimo via photopin cc

About Alexandra

Alexandra is a writer who has found the secret to getting rich as a blogger that she'll share with you for just $9.99. When not taking her checks to the bank, Alexandra blogs at Good Day Regular People about life as an overanalyzing mother of three boys trying to go unnoticed in her small town. The most important things you need to know about her are that the internet saves her daily and that she believes the most you can ask for in life is to arrive at the end of it all with your hair messed up, out of breath, and not throwing up. Alexandra is a contributing writer for TikiTikiblog and FunnynotSlutty.

Speak Your Mind

*