One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘Laid’ or ‘lain’?
Lay is the present tense of a verb whose basic meaning is ‘place something in a more or less horizontal position’, with the past tense and participle laid.
So the proper use is:
||Please lay it on the floor.
||Go and lie down.
||She laid the book on the desk.
||She went and lay down.
||They had laid it on the floor.
||The body had lain in the field for some time.
Read more about ‘laid’ and ‘lain’ on the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
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