What Is Their Main Difference?
As stated above, 'lie' refers to resting down on a surface in a horizontal position. Note that it is an intransitive verb and does not need a direct object. Look at the examples below:
'Lay', on the other hand, refers to putting something down. It is a transitive verb and needs a direct object. Check out the examples below:
Both are verbs and refer to putting something/someone down. Look below:
Are They Interchangeable?
Many English language learners confuse these two verbs. However, note that they can never be used interchangeably. Compare:
✓ Lay your books on the shelf and listen to the professor.
As you can see, this one is semantically wrong.
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