Grammar and Writing Tools
LIE AND LAY
Lie (to recline): She lies quietly. Last night, she lay quietly. For years, she has lain quietly.
Lie (to fib): He lies. Yesterday he lied. Frequently he has lied.
Lay (to place): She lays it there. Yesterday she laid it there. Many times has laid it there. (When lays means "to place," it's always followed by an object, the thing being placed.)