Simple lesson tonight, folks.
Lie = to tell a tale, a fib (and kill a bird, according to tonight’s “Modern Family”). To spell it that way also indicates the state of reclining. As in “I’m about to lie down.” It’s easy to confuse “lie” with “lay.”
Here are some examples to help, most from Associated Press:
- He lies on the beach all day.
- There is no appropriate time to tell a lie.
- I will lay the book down on the table.
- The prosecutor tried to lay the blame on him.