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I'm making a description for an app, this strikes me as a bit awkward for some reason:

"I wanted to create an app that lay somewhere between an ecosystem and a musical instrument."

Is the word lay in the correct tense?

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Yes, it is. "Lay" is the simple past tense form of the intransitive verb "lie". The sentence you've quoted is grammatically correct.

What confuses people is that "lay" is also a transitive verb in the present tense--chickens lay eggs. The past tense of that verb is "laid".

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While your sentence is correct, you might find using fit sounds closer to what you're meaning to say.

I wanted to create an app that fit somewhere between an ecosystem and a musical instrument

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You might make it sound less odd by using "fell" or by omitting "that lay" entirely.

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