Lie vs Lay vs Laid and do you ever use Lain? I got a chapter back from someone who bravely edited it. She suggested a correction for lie and lay, saying one was for only used for humans. Not sure about this, I consulted my friend, Grammar Girl. I recommend you become her friend too. Her wit about grammar keeps me from wanting to cut my ear off. (Did you here about the new Van Gogh?) I digress, that's how much I hate thinking about grammar. She calls her tips "Quick and Dirty," and she delivers on that promise by admitting lie, lay, laid, and lain are confusing, and offers a CHART (on her website). Luckily, her tips are quick, and in this case she doesn't get dirty by suggesting anything improper about laid.