"Lie" is an intransitive verb meaning "to rest" or "to be at rest." Its forms are: lie, lying, lay, lain. Examples: 1) Lie down. 2) Lying in the sun dries our skin. 3) The parcels lay on the table. 4) We have lain in the sun for thirty minutes.
"Lie" can also mean make an untrue statement. It is an intransitive verb whose forms are: 'lie' and lying (present), 'lied' (both past and participle.) Examples: 1) Please don't lie to me. 2) He was punished for lying. 3) They lied to their parents. 4) They have lied before.
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She (lay) (lied) down to rest.
The watch was lying on the table. It had (lain) (lied) there for a week.
The statement was an obvious lie. We were sure that person had (lain) (lied) to us.
Lying on the beach is relaxing. Yesterday we (lay) (lied) there until we had to go home.
I like to lie on the couch. Yesterday I (lay) (lied) there as long as I could.
I have (lain) (lied) on the couch every day this week.
Lying to others is a poor practice. Have you (lain) (lied) to your friends?
Did the little boy tell a lie when he said, "I have not (lain) (lied) about the money?"
We have often (lain) (lied) on the grass to look at the clouds.
To get what he wanted, he often (lay) (lied) to others.