Are you puzzled by lay, lie or lain? Are you comfortable using them in your writing or do you doubt yourself? Do you lay the book down? Do you lay down? Who or what lies down?
The verbs “lay” and “lie” and its conjugations are probably the most confusing and most incorrectly used verbs in the English language. But, don’t despair.
Brian Klems, online editor of WritersDigest.com explains when to use lay or lie and when to use the past tense. He has also included a handy chart that I make no apologies for printing out and keeping on my desk!