Don’t say: He went to lay down for an hour. Please lie the report on his desk
Say: He went to lie down for an hour. Please lay the report on his desk.
! Lie (=to rest: lie/lay/lain X to tell an untruth: lie/lied/lied) is an intransitive verb and never has an object. Lay (=to put, produce eggs: lay/laid/laid) is a transitive verb and always requires an object.
Use the correct form of lie or lay:
She’ll go and _______ down.
The cup was ________ on the floor.
Have you _______ the book on my table?
How long have I ______ in bed?
She _______ to the teacher.
The hen has _______ an egg.
KEY: 1. lie, 2. laying, 3. laid, 4. lain, 5. lied, 6. laid