Lie awake or lay awake

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lie awake or lay awake

Quote by C.S. Lewis: “I once read the sentence I lay awake all night...”

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'Lay' Versus 'Lie'

Please explain lay and lie. I nursed laying down or I nursed lying down? I laid down to nurse or I would lie down to nurse the baby? Lay is transitive, meaning that it needs a direct object. If I rest horizontally on the bed, I am lying down; I lie on the bed, she lies on the bed, thou liest on the bed. If I set the baby down on the bed, I am laying the baby on the bed; I lay him on the bed, she lays him on the bed.

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In this post we cover the differences. Hope it helps to answer your questions. Lay principal parts: lay, laid, laid, laying means "to put" or "to place.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. It only takes a minute to sign up. This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question. It can be reflexive - "I lay myself", "I am laying myself", "I was laying myself" - but it requires an object noun. It is an indicator of state, not action.


  1. Abigail V. says:

    Both words involve something or someone in a horizontal position, but where the two words deviate has to do with who or what is horizontal—the subject of the verb the one doing the action or the direct object the person or thing being acted upon.

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