Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators
Equipping Professionals to be Effective Communicators

Communication Tip #67

The lie / lay conundrum. Many Intelligent business leaders are foggy on this:

  • If you / another person / an animal reclines, the word is lie. (I love to lie in bed and read. The cat prefers to lie next to her kittens.)
  • If you / another person / an animal positions something or someone, the word is lay. (Lay the baby in the crib. He will lay the book next to the baby.)

Stay with me: Here are the other tenses:

  • lie / lay / lain.  (I lie on the beach. I lay on the beach all last week. I have lain so long I am sunburned.)

Now, for the easy part:

  • lay / laid /laid: (Lay the proposal on the desk. I laid it on the desk. I have laid it on the desk.)