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lying down on his bed #1 (permalink) Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:44 am   lying down on his bed
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #287 "Basic Grammar Exercises (12)", question 7

Kevin is ......... down on his bed because he has a cold.

(a) lie
(b) lying
(c) laying
(d) lays

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #287 "Basic Grammar Exercises (12)", answer 7

Kevin is lying down on his bed because he has a cold.

Correct answer: (b) lying

Your answer was: correct
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what is the difference between lying and laying?
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lying down on his bed #2 (permalink) Sat Jun 04, 2011 13:25 pm   lying down on his bed
 

lie + lying
These verbs are used for people or animals. These lie down by themselves.
Lying refers to something being laid by their own will.

lay + laying
These verbs are used for things or people that need assistance. "Lay" is similar to "set" or "put."
Laying refers to an object being laid there by something else. Lying refers to something being laid by their own will.

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lying down on his bed #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:33 am   lying down on his bed
 

by something else=next to something else?
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lying down on his bed #4 (permalink) Tue Jun 07, 2011 17:48 pm   lying down on his bed
 

Not in this case:

by someone else = someone else has put it there.
by themselves = on their own, no one else has put them there.
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lying down on his bed #5 (permalink) Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:28 am   lying down on his bed
 

Thanks Beeesneees, but I didn't ask about: by someone else, but: by something else? what does it mean in the sentence above:
Laying refers to an object being laid there by something else.
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lying down on his bed #6 (permalink) Wed Jun 15, 2011 14:04 pm   lying down on his bed
 

It means the same as 'someone else'. It was laid there by a third party.

Lay /Laying = refers to an object being laid there by something or someone else.

person, animal, vehicle, robot, anything.
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