A Tip from a former Expert in Residence
Lie vs. Lay
There is a simple rule-of-thumb:
Lie = To recline.
Lay = To put or place.
In other words, to lie is something you do. To lay is something you do to something else.
He lay the parts on top of the tool chest, then settled in to lie underneath the car.
There is, of course, a Web site that goes into more detail.
FYI: Prodigal means recklessly wasteful; extravagant. Be careful who you call prodigal. It's not just that they came back from being away or something!
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