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What's the difference between lie down and lay down?



 
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What's the difference between lie down and lay down? #1 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 14:03 pm   What's the difference between lie down and lay down?
 

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #259 "Irregular Verbs Test (7)", question 10

Sandra doesn't feel well, so I told her to ......... down for a little while.

(a) lie
(b) lay
(c) lied

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #259 "Irregular Verbs Test (7)", answer 10

Sandra doesn't feel well, so I told her to lie down for a little while.

Correct answer: (a) lie

Your answer was: correct
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What's the difference between lie down and lay down?
I think both of them are correct for this question, aren't they?

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What's the difference between lie down and lay down? #2 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 14:07 pm   What's the difference between lie down and lay down?
 

No. 'Lay' is a transitive verb requiring an object.
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What's the difference between lie down and lay down? #3 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 14:19 pm   What's the difference between lie down and lay down?
 

How should I know that a verb is transitive or intransitive? Should I remember them?
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What's the difference between lie down and lay down? #4 (permalink) Mon Mar 29, 2010 14:22 pm   What's the difference between lie down and lay down?
 

Yes, or look them up in the dictionary. It is almost always indicated ('v.t.' or 'v.i.')
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