Which is correct, ‘layed down’ or ‘laid down’?

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    Laid down is correct but note that laid is the past tense form of the verb lay which is transitive, meaning it requires an object. Example, “Yesterday he laid the blanket down on the table.” is correct. “Yesterday he laid down to sleep.” is wrong. This is a very, very common mistake of native English speakers. The verb “lie” does not take an object. It is intransitive. The past tense of “lie” is “lay” so “Yesterday he lay down to sleep.” would be correct.

    Regular verbs ending in ‘-ay’ just take “-ed” for the past tense and past participle (e.g. I played tennis yesterday), but there are three common irregular ones: lay/laid, pay/paid and say/said.

    That being said, there is another issue. We’re really talking about two related irregular verbs, ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ (we’re not talking about the meaning of ‘lie’ that concerns untruths). People have been debating the proper use of ‘lie,’ ‘lay,’ ‘laid’ and ‘lain’ for over two hundred years. What follows is generally approved modern usage, but not necessarily common usage.

    ‘To lay’ is a transitive verb (i.e. it takes an object) whose main meaning is to set something down. Its parts are ‘lay,’ ‘laid,’ ‘laid’ and ‘laying’: Please lay your coat on the bed. I laid my coat on the bed ten minutes ago. Has Shirley laid her coat on the bed yet? No, but she’ll be laying it there soon.

    ‘To lie’ is an intransitive verb (i.e. it takes no object) whose main meaning is to recline or to be sitting or resting on a surface. Its parts are ‘lie,’ ‘lay,’ ‘lain’ and ‘lying’: Sometimes I lie on a yoga mat to relax. Yesterday I lay on a yoga mat for an hour. I have lain on yoga mats thousands of times because I’ve been lying on them regularly for twenty years.

    ‘To lie’ is often used with the adverb ‘down’ to mean the action of moving to a horizontal position in order to relax or sleep, e.g. You look tired. You should lie down for ten minutes.

    Now, there is a lot of confusion involving these two verbs, in part because the present tense of one verb is also the past tense of the other and also because all forms are often followed by ‘down,’ so where’s the ‘d’? In fact, I’m sure that more people say and write “I laid down for an hour this morning” than the preferred “I lay down for an hour this morning.” This is a long-standing issue, and unless it’s your business to speak and write perfectly, I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

    If you tell a lie, then you have lied. If you lie down, you have laid (“lain” is preferred) down.

    You cannot lay down, by the way, as “lay” in the present tense is a transitive verb – requires an object. You can lay an egg, lay a glove on the table, lay brilliant plans. But you can’t lay down. You can only lie down. And once you have done so, you have lain down. Cool, yeah?


    Whether it’s in the past tense or the present perfect, the form of the past tense main verb or the past participle of LAY is laid.

    “I lay on the bed” is already past tense. Principal parts of “to lie” are “lie,” present tense; “lay,” past tense, and “lain,” past participle; i.e., Now I lie on the bed; yesterday I lay on the bed; and I have often lain on the bed.

    Do not confuse “to lie,” meaning to rest or recline with “to lay,” meaning to place or put; i.e., Lay your knife on the table. Principal parts of “to lay” are “lay,” “laid,” and “laid.”

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    You are going for the past tense of to recline (lie down), which is “lay.”

    This is always confusing, even to native speakers of English because lay doesn’t sound past tense. In fact, the same word is the present tense of to put something down (lay it down).

    Lied is the past tense of lie as in to tell a lie: I lied to the police.

    Lay is the past tense of lie as in to lie down: I lay on my bed all weekend.

    Laid is the past tense of lay as in to put something down: I laid the book on the table.

    Which is correct, ‘layed down’ or ‘laid down’?

    The first one is incorrect. The second is correct.

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    Today, you lie down. You tell the dog to lie down, and you lay your jacket on the bed. Then you lay yourself down to sleep. Yesterday, the table was laid. You laid down the law.

    Nobody ever layed anything down.

    Neither. The past tense of lie down is lay down.

    She lay down when the male roared.

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