英会話のコツ:Lay v. Lie

Have you ever wondered what is the difference between the two and how to use them? Well let me show you.

Lay

We use lay to say when you put or place something down to rest or in a horizontal position. Lay is a transitive verb which means it needs a direct object.

Examples:

  • Could you lay down your book and give me a hand for a second?
  • I was laying down the baby when the phone rang.

Lie

We use lie to say when something is in a horizontal position on something.  Lie is an intransitive verb which means it doesn't need an object.

 

Examples:

  • You should lie down in bed and rest.
  • Lying in bed too long is not good for your body.

*** Warning!***

Of course you shouldn't mix up the other meaning of lie which means to make a false statement to deceive someone.

 

I hope that this helps you out!

Mahalo! 

Scott