Tip from the Writing Center: To lie or to lay?

This month, the grammar lesson will be moving away from comma usage and discussing an important topic to many at NEOMED.

First, lay your books on a shelf. Second, this stuff is brand new to most students and faculty; everyone had better lie down to focus on this rule. After you have laid your books on the ground, it is time to learn a tricky English grammar rule.

Use “lay” when there is a direct object in the sentence. It is typically followed by an object because “to lay” means “to place.”

The word “lie” is typically followed by the word “down.” “To lie” means to be in a horizontal position.

I lie down after I lay the books on the shelf.

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