I've enlisted Grammar Girl and Grammar Cat to help us keep it straight and not have to think about creative ways to say that Edward laid a blanket on Bella and then lay down next to her, but even with the blanket she was too cold, so he had to let Jacob lay down instead.
Main thing to remember-Lay (laid laid) is a transitive verb, so it needs an object. Lie (lay lain) is an intransitive verb, so it does not need an object. Am I the only one that gets confused that the past of lie is lay? Yikes! Does anyone have a tip to help me remember the difference without needing my cheat sheet?
"Now I lay me down to sleep..." is that right? Can I lay myself down?
*Edited to add Tracey Bermeo's tip from the comments: Chickens lay eggs. People lie down.
If I got anything wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments. Are you doing the A to Z challenge? Let me know and I'll come check it out.