I have a tendency to confuse lie and lay. It is nice to have a reference when I check all of them in my writing. I hope other writers might find this just as useful as a quick reference.
Lie – To recline
Lay – To put or place
|Infinitive||Present||Past||Past Participle||Present Participle|
|Lie||to lie||lie||lay||have lain||lying|
|Lay||to lay||lay||laid||have laid||laying|
To lie or to lay, that is the question.
I lie down. Then, I rose from where I lay. I knew I had lain there, for I was just lying there.
I lay the thing down. I picked it up from where it laid. I looked back to where it had laid, and it was still laying there!