I admit it, there are times when I’m writing and I absolutely cannot brain whether to use lie or lay. It’s simple, but then I made a mistake before. Am I making it again?
This is one of those things that trips people up all the time, especially native speakers of the language. So, to help in the fight, today I bring you…
Lay your phone down and lie on the bed.
If you’re doing it to something else, use lay. If you’re doing it, use lie.
A handy trick I picked up is to remember that chickens lay eggs. People lie down.
Also, I keep this image where I can get to it so I don’t spend loads of time trying to think through what I’m doing.
Hope this helps a little bit!