GRAMMAR


The past simple and the past participle of lie

Conjugation of the verb lie:

Base Form/Infinitive without 'to':

lie

Past Simple:

lay

Past Partciple:

lain

Present Partciple:

lying

Third Person Singular:

lies

Definition:

To assume a horizontal or resting position.

Example(s):

His dog lay in front of him.
He lay awake watching the candle burning.
A child was lying on the ground.

Similar verbs

The irregular verbs in the table below have the same pattern as lie. They are:

- Verbs that are different from all the other patterns.
- Verbs like 'be, was/were, been'.

Verb Simple past Past Participle
be was/were been
do did done
go went gone
lie lay lain
saw sawed sawed/sawn
sew sewed sewed/sewn
show showed shown
sow sowed sown/sowed
strew strewed strewed/strewn
underlie underlay underlain
undo undid undone
unedrgo underwent undergone