“The main difference between the two words is that LAY is a transitive verb, while LIE is an intransitive verb. The past tense of the verb LIE is identical in appearance to the present tense of the verb LAY. Every verb has three principal parts. Those are the forms of the verb for the infinitive, the simple past tense, and the past participle.”
Seriously? Am I really supposed to remember that gibberish with each new manuscript I write? I don’t think so.
No matter how many times I study the charts & explanations detailing correct usage of Lie, Lay, Lying, Laying, Laid, Lain, Lied, and really think I have it all down pat, the rules of grammar cruelly rise up to taunt me when, once again, I find myself getting stumped.
That’s it. I’ve had it. From now on there’s no more lying or laying. There’s only resting and setting...or should that be sitting? LOL
Please tell me I’m not the only one tortured by the challenging LIE - LAY rules!