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Is it lying in wait for/of or laying in wait for/of?

I’ve seen these two sentences written in two different books: Then the whole army advanced against the three who were laying in wait for it calmly. (Albanian Folktales and Legends by Robert Elsie) ...
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Lie Or lay ELA Question [duplicate]

Which one is it? Please lay/lie your dog on the bench. I think it's lay but I'm not sure
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Lain vs. Laid, Passive Voice vs. Participial Adjective

I understand the difference between the verbs lie and lay; however, things seem to become somewhat confusing in certain sentences. For example: "The books were laid/lain out on the counter." ...
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Which sentence is grammatically correct lay or laid in this situation?

She lay on the beach while her son splashed at the water's edge. or She laid on the beach while her son splashed at the water's edge. Grammarly is indicating that both are correct, but Word Power says ...
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Lay or Lie in "what powers lies between their hands"?

This is for sure a duplicate question, but I'm sorry I'm just getting confused no matter how many articles I read. In the sentence, And still they are not aware what powers lies between their hands!...
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Should I say "the trap that lay ahead" or "the trap that lie(s) ahead"?

Which is correct? My vision widened that day, and I began to see the trap that lay ahead for most people. My vision widened that day, and I began to see the trap that lie ahead for most people. Or ...
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In the past tense, do you use "lay" if you come across someone lying down? [closed]

I thought this would be a quick search but I can't find the answer. I understand that lay is the past tense of lie but does this not sound awkward? If one was writing in past tense, would it be ...
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Which form of lay to be used? [duplicate]

I wrote a review of the movie Detroit in my blog and in the section What irked me about the film, I started in the following fashion: - No doubt, Detroit is an engrossing flick, its greatest problem ...
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't ...
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Past tense of “to lie” versus past tense of “to lay”

This part I understand clearly: present past past participle ------------------------------- lie lay lain lay laid laid I already understand that and so am not asking how to ...
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Help using "lie" and "lay" correctly [closed]

One of the following sentences is correct. I'm having some issues figuring out which sentence it is. I've added my thought process and what I think the error is. According to our team captain, ...
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Transitive vs Intransitive verb usage be verb as auxiliary [closed]

I need to know which version is correct. "The scissors are lying on the desk". "The scissors are laying on the desk".
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Was I “laying” on the bed, or was I “lying” on the bed? [duplicate]

Should this sentence use laying or lying? Last week at this time, I was ____ on Sarah’s bed. Can someone fill in the blank for me?
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Correct use of lie or lay in the following context

I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lie. OR I based my final year project around web technologies where my strengths lay.
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Laid—Had Laid ... Which is correct? [duplicate]

"She lay the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" is correct. Would "She laid the gift bas­ket on the cof­fee table" be correct? Or do we need to have the word "had" before "laid," as in "She HAD laid ...
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He has only laid down for an hour today? [duplicate]

I would like to express that a person has only reclined for an hour so far today. Is it correct to say: He has only laid down for an hour so far today. or is it perhaps: He has only lay down ...
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Should we use "lay" or "lays" in this context? [duplicate]

I found this sentence in Longman dictionary: The crux of the problem lay in the lack of equipment. I think it should be "lays" instead of "lay", but even when I googled, I noticed there are more ...
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Show I use "lay," "laid," or "lain" in the following passage? [closed]

The ground was ice-cold, no hint of anyone having lay/laid/lain there at all. Which one is the correct option?
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the correct usage of verbs"lie" and "lay" [duplicate]

She wanna lay in bed or she wanna lie in bed.. Which one is correct.. Because in many English songs I have heard lay instead of lie.. Could anyone please clear this.
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Imperative of 'to lie'. [duplicate]

At our regular supermarket this morning I noticed that they have put stickers on the check-out conveyor which say 'Lay bottles this way' with an arrow indicating that they want them parallel with the ...
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"to lay on my stomach"? [duplicate]

He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother’s electric train set. Is to lay a typo? If I'm not mistaken, one can only lie on one's stomach, not lay on it. For this to be a duplicate ...
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When is the proper time to use "lie" vs "lay" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “lay” and “lie”? Which one of the following examples is correct? Lie down on the bench. Lay down on the bench.
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How did "to lie" (i.e lie about something) and "to lie" (i.e. lie down) end up being spelled the same way?

I'm hoping to find out the history of how "to lie" as in say something dishonest and "to lie" as in rest horizontally end up being spelled the same way. To lie (lie, lied, lied): a false statement ...
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I was laying in bed or lying in bed? [duplicate]

I was laying in bed or lying in bed?
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Tense of "lie"/"lay" in a clause

I've been using "lay" but many people have looked at my sentence dubiously. However, while in secondary school, I abandoned my higher scientific aspirations because I became more focused on a ...
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"Play it as it lays" or "play it as it lies"

The title of Joan Didion's book Play It as It Lays has thrown me off since I first heard it. Shouldn't it be Play It as It Lies? I have read through a related post on the subject of lay vs. lie and ...
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Use of past and progressive tense

Can someone tell me which, if any, of the following sentences are correct: When she walked in, he was laying on the bed. When she walked in, he was laid on the bed. When she walked in, he ...
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Is "laid down" a proper term?

Which sentence is correct? Why? He was laid up with fever yesterday. He was laid down with fever yesterday. He was laid down by the malaria parasite last month.
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What is the difference between "lay" and "lie"?

How do I know when to use lay and when to use lie, and what are the different forms of each verb? I'm always getting them confused.
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