Writing

Lay vs. Lie: How to Use the Words Lay and Lie Properly

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Dec 2, 2021 • 2 min read

It’s an age-old question in the English language: When should you use “lay” and when should you use “lie”? In conversation, many English language speakers may not note a difference in lay vs. lie, but in formal writing, the correct word choice matters.