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Now I’ve had my doubts taken,because I just wanted to know the reason why some sentences come like this:Mary lay(meaning lie in the past tense,instead of laid).But I do want to know this:there’s a Bruno Mars’s well-known song(The Lazy Song),which the first lines say:”Today I don’t feel like doing anything.I just wanna lay in my bed.”Is the composer right,since I know that the right thing to do in this kind of sentence is,for instance:”Lie in my bed”?I hope you understand what is written in this comment.

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    I guess the word “lay” emphasizes the fact that the singer really wants to stay (lie) in bed, doing anything.

    Take care!


    Dear friend,
    Might I make my guess about the first lines of Bruno Mars’s Lazy Song lyrics:
    ”Today I don’t feel like doing anything.
    I just wanna lay in my bed.”
    Maybe, here there’s the phrasal verb ‘to lay in/into’. Besides, they are lyrics. So, a poet can use words in a figurative [an extended] sense. It’s possible to say ‘to lay into a cake’. As I understand the latter means figuratively ‘to start eating’. Maybe, Bruno Mars’hero wants to jump into his bed (=start lying on his bed) in order to relax and watch MTV, etc… doing what’s possible on a bed? I don’t know. This is my guess. What do you think about it?
    Best wishes,

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    Great example! The grammatically correct lyric would be “I just want to lie in my bed.” In this case, Bruno Mars has incorrectly used “lay”.

    Confusing lay and lie is one of the most common grammatical mistakes English speakers make. I’m glad you shared this example with us.

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      Emma, I agree with you this is a very confusing scenario, but I don’t know how I got a so below score since you explained this difference very well. I will have to practice more. Good Job and keep up the excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      HITHERE! i come from Viet Nam, i have little English. ^^ i feel very interested in your lesson. i have a question which is ” what is different between wait and await? “. thanks.

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        Hello :)

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          Thanks Emma so much!

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      Hi, Emma thanks for wonderful lesson, after watching video i have got one confusion that you were telling about lie which always uses without an object i got this but something i can’t understand what is object , but you gave wonderful explanation i was able to do exercise through meanings but i can find out where is object and where is not so could please suggest me what i do ?

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      I think Bruno Mars did that mistake because it is a lazy song, and he didn’t want thinking too much.

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        you are right:))

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      lay is a transitive verb( needs a direct object) and so are the two forms laid and laid.;
      lie is an intransitive verb does not need and object.

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      hello my dear teacher emma i tried to leave a comment but i could not i dont know what is the problem, so i camment in you answer, i realy appreciate you for your fantastic lesson although this was my ferst day and ferst lesson but i got 70 number in the quis. english is not my native language but i love to learn it is my native languge and there is a big problim, there is no one to talk and do canversation, so if you reply me and give me some advise i will laern soon.

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      Emma, at the last quetion you said (in present prefect) but the answer is “Lain”. why?

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      Emma Thanks.But Liar?i mean t

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      5 out of 10 ,, once i understand my mistakes in the Quiz, i can found it more easily next time ^_^ thanks Ms. Emma

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I killed the quiz!
I got the difference between lie and lay. Thank you, Emma.

I also want to thank all the people who work on EngVid. You are doing great job. I’m sure you help to many people to improve their English. I would like you to add a feature, please. There are quizzes after videos, and they help to understand video materials better. After watching several videos, I want to check all my knowledge one one topic together. For example, there were lessons about “Rise, raise”, “Assure, ensure, insure” and so. How about a test with all these words together? Or after learning punctuation, I’d like to check all punctuation. I’m currently learning slang, and I want to get a test with all slang I’ve seen in EngVid. However, thanks for your lessons!


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    I want to check all my knowledge of one topic.

    Sorry, there was a mistake.

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Dear Emma, thank you very much for your new lesson.
Watching this video, I’ve remembered the song “Lay back in the arms of someone” of Smokie .
What does “Lay back” exactly mean in this phrase ?
Is there any hidden sense in this phrase ?
Thank you for your attention.


    Hi Eric,

    Thank you for your question. “Lay back” is slang, and it means to relax. “Lay back in the arms of someone” is grammatically incorrect; “lie” would be the correct verb to use.

    It is a good song though, and I still like it!

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Probably the most commonly confused words in English, and all because of, as you explained Emma, the word “LAY”. That word has both past and present form. Also, we often confuse them because of the word “LIE”-not telling the truth. When all these words flow fluently by native English speaker, man you must be an expert to understand it. Very nice lesson, and even better explanation. Regards!


    Thanks Marko!

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Hi Emma, great lesson. Finally I understand the difference between lie and lay. Thank a lot and you look so pretty, rs. Kisses from Brazil


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holycows, lie n’ lay are two words difficult to understand but sooner or later I’m going to get it. I appreciate ur effort cute Emma.


I didn’t get laid on my life


10 out of 10! Thanks for the lesson, it was very good explained!

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Good lesson
I want to thank you for the explanation. May God bless you all!


thank you miss Emma. I’m learnig a lot here…

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You are pretty in the red dress but that lesson is too difficulte for me.

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    You look absoulte fablous in the pic …. can we chat dear?

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    really difficult but fantastic lesson

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    Hi, where are from? I need to speak English, If you are comfortable, let me know.

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Wow, 9 out of 10…


great! 10 out of 10… thanks Emma…

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Hi Emma,
Thank you for useful lesson and clear explanation.


good job Emma, go ahead

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Now it works

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Nice lessons

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Can I say to my kid – Put the book on the table or Lay the book on the table ? Which is correct?


    Both are correct, and they have the same meaning.

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Good lesson Emma.the most important is to memorize the irregular verb.thanks.

Cuong ta

A really useful lesson. This site is one of my favorites. I’m awfully obligated to you all guys.

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Thanks Emma for this lesson, I am sure it helps me improve my voabulary, and my grammar skills as well.


Thanks again Teacher Emma, have a great day

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Thanks for the explanation!


dear why dnt you teach us about the LIE(not speak truth)?

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    Because when you’re using it in the “not speaking truth” sense, people don’t really mix it up with “lay”!

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      oh thnx i got it ;)


thank you so matuch emma for this lesson.over to you.


very very interesting…


thank you emma very interesting .

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It helps me a lot to distinguish lie and lay. I think I need more practice to remember it properly.


It’s an interesting lesson, thank you, Ms.Emma, have a nice day !!!


it is fantastic for me, I have taken 9 of 10.
I just didin’t know that word is baby crib. thanks for you quiz. wish your website, please lay more quiz on the website!


Hi Emma
A very good explanation
Really you’re a superstar teacher
I like you


Hi Ms. Emma,
In the video, You said ,” get laid” means sex.
So, How do I use this phrase?
Can I say “I want to get laid” instead of ” I want to make love”?
Can I say ” Last night I got laid ” rather than ” Last night I made love “? THANKS.


    Well, maybe it’s better if you just don’t talk about it.

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      Ahahahahahahahahahaha, you’re too much! Lol! :)


      Thank you EngVid please….
      how often do you make new video lessons?

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      thank you Emma its really important lesson but its little difficult

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Awesome lesson thanks Emma so much but where is Ronnie hope she’s ok!!!


i like very much.explaining is toooo good thanks.


It’s an interesting and very tricky subject. But you did amazing. Thanks Emma!

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Hi Respected Emma!
The lecture delivered by you regarding the difference between Lie and Lay is an excellent work. I wish you to deliver the lectures on the correct use of verbs and pronouns as well


Muhammad Shafiq

Hi teachers i am Narjice from Morocco,thank you a lot for this website and for all lessons, i write this letter because i have a confusing between start and begin what is the diffrece please?


Excellent lesson!

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nice lesson.thank you Emma. i will lay this lesson inn my brain .

hav a nice night.


Thank you so much Emma :)


I like your dress it’s very cool,Excellent lesson.


that’s very cool

ayyoub friend

Thanks a lot !!!


Excellance Miss Emma Iam intersted with ur teaching <good jop.


Thank you so much


Thank you Emma!
Great lesson.
I didn’t know these differences before but now I get it!

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Thank you very much Teacher Emma.

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Hello Emma :)
Could you explain the difference between PAIR and COUPLE?


It was a great lesson, thank you Emma

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how is today


last sentence in the video,we use laid in the past as adverbs ?


Hey emma how are you ? oe question hope you can hook me up when you started you saied hello there?

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    “Hello there” or “Hi there” are common greetings. We add “there” to make the greeting friendlier and more casual.

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i thank u so much it was intresting video lessons best regards


Hulla dear Emma,
1rst thing 1rst,lots of thx 4 ur nice n profitable presentation,N the ? of mine is:
How come u wrote ” lied ” on the top of the word ” lay “(the past 4m of lie)??!!!!!!!
U know,I thought they r equal,n I made a mistake,hence I answered questions 4 n 6 wrongly!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By the way that was Grate!
8 out of ten :(
Warm regards,

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Hi emma,
we would really be obliged to you if you made a lesson on the difference between wait and await or wake and awake.
my best regards to you.

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Hi miss Emma , I really enjoyed your lesson so much ,It’s good for me I’ve got 10 out of 10 in the exam .. thank you for your efforts ,Best wishes =) See u .

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Hello Emma!
This was a great lesson, I hadnt’t even realised of this two confuse verbs, but now I get the point when I should use one and the other! I must confess when I see the verb “Lay” I wondered myself if it was something about “get laid” has you explained! Now we must be carefull and watch out if the verb Get is not behind the Laid. Hehehe.

Kisses and keep with


Hello Emma and thanks a lot for your classes.

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Hi Emma ,Thank you for being such a great teacher. I really enjoyed your lessons and the way yoy teach. Thanks again for your wonderful teaching.Could yoy please explain the difference between travel, trip ,voyage and journey?

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i dont know why, but i think i like you most because i like your sense of humour in the way you teach us:d
hope you will make more common english mistakes to share

Bao Tran

lol i missed the word “videos” i meant “mistakes videos” :d
i’m really afraid that i cannot use the words in the correct places so..wait for your next videos

Bao Tran

it’s great work,thank you emma,but could you tell us how to add ‘ing’ to these words?
For example;I’m not sure if these two sentences are true…
1-The cat is liing on the bed.
2-He is laying the ball on my head.


I´d be interested in a class on SYLLABICATION if it where possible.-Many thanks in advance,for all you (ALL) are doing for US poor,guys!!!

ricardo torlasco

A great Lesson ! Thank you very much Emma :) Have a nice Weekend !

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Hello Inspector Emma,
You obviously explained the differences between Lay & Lie . Therefore, I appreciated your
Valuable time that you spent with after your lesson I laid my mistakes down forever .
Many thanks for you ,


Hi,guys u know i get my score 7 out of 10.

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    i too get 70 of 100 but it was my first day i will try to get 100 of 100.

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Hello Emma,

You are such a great teacher.I would like to tell me if you teach in european shool and how can I keep in touch with you(maybe an e-mail or sth else)
thank you very much


Thanks Emma .You’re a great teacher and teaching ,thanks again for your time and efforts .God bless you.take care


hi how are you to day

siddik musa mohamed

hello Emma,

You are such a great teacher.I would like to ask you if you teach in european schools and how can I keep in touch with you?
Thank you

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emma how you to day

siddik musa mohamed

Thanks Emma for your help

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hello miss karen,i wanna have your skype id so we will talk there.


thank you Emma


thank you indeed Emma.these are useful courses and really Shaken off the dust about misunderstanding these words. Best regards


Hi Emma please tell me which one is right”i laid the boxes down = spread them” without adding the object or “i laid them on ground”in other hand can i use for this example lie instead of lay. thanks.


hi mam… can u tell me how can i use ‘lay aside’
in a sentence….

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I have learnt after the test much more. My score was bad 5 out of 10 but i understood why i did those mistakes. Tanks lots

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Thanks Emma


Please can you mention me the first form, second third form of the lay.



8 out of 10, I think I need more to study hard :)


sir/ma’am which one of my comment is incorrect grammar?


    I approved the one that was closest to being right, but I think you meant “I think I need to study harder”. Harder = more hard.

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So if I say ”I got laid yesterday”, does it mean I was put dowm… somewhere?



my notice to you is you’re modest and that’s what make you a great teacher as in my opinion it’s the measurement of greatness

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You’re one of the best ENGLISH teacher I’ve ever seen. Your teaching expression is just cool & having great approach of effective teaching techniques. Keep it up Teacher EMMA! I hope you’ll make a perfect lesson about PRACTICAL USAGE OF VERB TENSES especially PERFECT TENSES.

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Hello i am just wondering about that when we want to say that ” She lies ” what is meaning of this sentence she is sitting ? or she says something wrong ?i couldn’t understand about only when we say in Present tense i lie ? i am resting or i am saying lies ? what i will do know i cant get about them : (


Hi Emma,

could you pls eloborate this session with day to day life example

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Excellent lesson!!!!



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It’s possible skip the word LAY and use it always PUT or something similar, for example, so I wonder?

Oscar Martnz

Emma, thank you so much. I’ve never understood this until now. You are great teacher. And thx again :) Have a nice day.


Hi!Emma this is the first time I watch a video of yours and also this is the first time I write a comment about it, I understood everything the difference between lie and lay.
Thanks a lot for your explanation.


great lesson from a great teacher
You Emma are the best thing happened to Engvid.com
waiting for the next lesson
and i hope you can teach me a way to improve my accent.
thanks for your time

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A really required lesson… I enjoyed and i got the difference between them…


Hello Thanks emma for you is great , but i want to improve my prononciation can i do it here!!
can i contact u emma thanks by

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is it “lay ur feet in the chair” correct sentence

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Good lesson Emma! I got it, thank you!

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In 2015 my country is going to be one of Asean Community. So I would like to pratice English and this site is really good for me to learn it. I think you can help me exactly.
Thanks a lot


hell yaeh ! hehe ! that’s so great Emma ! i love ur lesson ! 10 out of 10 ! but in english has many slang ! that makes me confuse a lot ! i hope that u ‘ll tell more about it ! Anyway , Thannk Emma


This lesson is so amazing I have not listen this word befor I only know Lie.
Eventhogh I have a quastion is this slang word?

Tsige Tessema

It’s a good lesson


pppF That Lesson iS Very Difficult

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Thanks Maam! It is really a very good lesson.I was confused with these two words. Now the things are pretty clear.

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great lesson,thanks.

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Hello Emma, I’d like to know why you use the present perfect for the sentence “I’ve lain in a hammock before” Thank you


Best lesson . Thank u <3

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hi emma i appreciate the way you teach i like it but i want to know how come lain was use as present perfect in the quiz is it not that lain is a past tense not a present tense thank you.


    thank u so much teatcher for this lesson it is little comoliqued but finnaly i understand the diffirence ….yhank u again


Just Understand! I lay my love on you. Thank you Emma! ^^

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    Hi Jirajab. agree with you. Emma is the best!

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Good on me. I ace it!

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Very good lesson,thanks.


thank you Emma it’s very useful lesson i starting to learn English for a few days but to fellow your lessons it’s possible to become more good .


great lesson. thanks


Thank you very much,Emma.you explain everything very well.


Appreciate it for your lesson.

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wow! For me the last one is “THE DINNER WAS LYING ON THE TABLE” because LIE also means an object is on a horizontal position / or a surface

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thanks Emma …In you last sentence : The dinner was laid on the table. here is also no object available after laid then why you use laid here

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hi emma how are you, i’ve question for you please.
for example this question
I have never ________lain______ in a waterbed (use the present perfect).
is correct but i can’t understand one thing so
my question is.
when i should to use present perfect of the verb lie or lay ?


    Present perfect is used on that time, when something is completed recently.
    e.g you are taking a dinner and when you finish it. you can say that I have taken a dinner. Taken is the past participle of Take

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Hi Emma! I have a doubt, I ve been studying my English lesson and there is a woman who say: “Remember the time you were laid up in bed for a week because of the back spasms.” In this case what means laid?
Tks for the great class!!!


Hi Emma, I have been studying my english lesson and there is a conversation which there is a woman say: “Remember the time you were laid up in the bed for a week because of the back spasms.”What means laid in this case ?
Tks for the great class!!!

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Hi Madam,
very good differentiate between lay and lie. lay needs an object while lie doesn’t need any object. Thanks
The dinner is ready and lay on the table.
He always lie in bed at 09:00 pm

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Great explanation of these verbs, thanks a lot Emma :-)


Thank you Emma, you are one of the best teachers, please we need more video from you.

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so can i say ( I did LIE ) AND not saying i lay ( lie past ) ?

fheed from kuwait

Emma, Thank you!!! I got 9 correct out of 10.

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Thank you Emma…good lesson..

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i still have a doubt between lay(put down) and lay(past tense of lie) is there any other way of finding it out other than looking at verb and object?


Hi Emma, thank you very much, you did us a great lesson. I enjoy myself about your classes; of cours. “God holps those who help themselves”. Thanks for your help Emma…
God bless you !


Waooooooo Emma,

Only inform you about the quiz lesson.
I got 10 correct out of 10. Good Nooooon ?


Wow! I got 100%!!
Thank you Emma!


Hi there.
Review the question 4. I think the correct answer is laid and not lay.
thank you


Thank you for this great lesson
now i can differentiate between the two:D

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thank u emma you’r agreat teacher i love u soo much


Very good explanation.really appreciate time and effort.I got the difference now.Many thanks


thank you Emma. It is helpful and I own it to you.


ciao !!!
thanks a lot !!! very useful ! straight to the point :-) !!! easy to understand thanks to the good explanation !!!

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maybe in the next lesson, i’ll avoid learning when being asleep. Emma, you direct appropriately so i can get your main ideas. thanks


Dear Emma,

Thank you for your fascinating lessons. i keep watching them. Could you explain the difference between to convince and to persuade.




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do we call these verbes problem verbes

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thanks for this class. it helped me a lot.


I am really glad and thankful to you for making me understand the best method to learn English. I have been following your methods and it is working well


I don’t know how is it possible, but I pass the quiz without any mistake… But I have to admit I am confused of this words (and their forms as well)

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great 10 out 10 thanks emma

mohamed yusuf

Now all my doubts about using these 2 verbs are gone. Thank you a lot, It isn’t confusing for me anymore!!

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It’s really confusing subject thanks for explaining it Emma,I really appreciate it.

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thanks so much Emma but I am confusing sort of .

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really hard, I need more practice

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hello Teacher,


You have very rightly said that this (Lie & Lay) is a confusing lesson. Thanks. I have managed to get 70/100. Will definitely try to do better in other classes.


Thanks a lot Emma!!! Your explanation is clear.I have got 9 correct out of 10.

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i have answered 10/10.It is still bit confusing.Your all lessons are great techer.Thanks you very much for your nice lesson.


I get D!Thanks for your lesson.


very useful lesson. can you tell me what is “Lie” in “Love the way you lie” ?
thank you very much.

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    In the song it means “not telling the truth”.

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10 out of 10! Thank you, Emma!

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Very, very nice lesson! Tks


thanks! the lesson was perfect. Could be possible some same lesson with remember and remind? I confused their good use.


Obrigado!foi uma lição muito interessante,mas um pouco complicado.

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hi Emma, thanks for your lesson but could you let me know how to distinguish “lie” between telling untrue and taking a rest if someone just say “He sometimes lies all day” ?


thank u 4 this amasing lesson.it’ll definitely come in handy.take care Emma

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veryinteristing lesson thenk you very much


Lay your hands on me, lay your hands on me, lay your hands on me…
Bon Jovi :)

Thanks Emma! Good Job!

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hi emma


Emma u r a wonderful teacher i have seen all ur videos and i learnt a lot of thing.
really thank u much for lending us a hand to improve our Chinese English language :-)
Keep on beautiful teacher.

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Hi Madam, this topic has been very well explained by you, but still I got 8/10. I think I need more practice. Thanks!

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hi! Emma thanks for discussing these two little words yet so complicated when we use them in our communication whether written written or oral communication. By the just want to add something…I guess the difference between these two words is LAY is a transitive verb and the word LIE can function as intransitive and a noun. Transitive verb needs an object to complete the sentence while intransitive does not…hope my simply explanation provides clarification too. By the way…could you please tell us about the difference bet. prepositions in and on?because as what I’ve learned in is being used to identify broader or wider ideas,like if you are referring to city, country, month, year or season. This could also identify object found in the middle of…while the preposition on is being used to identify one day or date and also is used to identify object on top of something…I was just confused on the given examples like. I lay IN my bed and I need to lie IN a bed; also I’ve lain IN a hammock before.Please clarify or correct my statements if you find it erroneous. Thank you again!


hi! Emma thanks for discussing these two little words yet so complicated when we use them in our communication whether written or oral communication. By the way…just wanted to add something…I guess the difference between these two words is LAY is a transitive verb and the word LIE can function as intransitive and a noun. Transitive verb needs an object to complete the sentence while intransitive does not…hope my simple explanation provides clarification too. By the way…could you please tell us about the difference bet. prepositions in and on?because as what I’ve learned IN is being used to identify broader or wider ideas,like if you are referring to city, country, month, year or season. This could also identify object found in the middle of…while the preposition on is being used to identify one day or date and also is used to identify object on top of something…I was just confused on the given examples like. I lay IN my bed and I need to lie IN a bed; also I’ve lain IN a hammock before.Please clarify or correct my statements if you find it erroneous. Thank you again!


thanks so much Emma. your explanation is very clear and your formula is excellent…take care…

ps: I have a question: Is the future perfect (or future perfect cont.)used in english commonly? and is there a form of “be going to have done?”

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what means dizzy?


Greta lesson Emma! Very weel explained. As a matter of fact, lie, lie (not teeling the truth, and lay are very confused. But I think now I understood better the difference…but I have to look to your lesson again and again until I can esaly undesrtand it.
Thank you for your profitable lesson

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Sorry for my mistakes. I meant Great lesson. Very well explained…LOL…

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Very, very important!
Thanks, Emma!

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Hello, Emma.
I think it´s other example of lyric whith grammar mistakes, but this time from Iron Maiden, British. This is the song called Another Life. I confess thoug I have not understood it yet. Lay + Lying. Would you help with it? Thank you since then.
“As I lay here lying on my bed”


my teacher Emma.
Thank you very much for the great video.

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10 out of 10. Thank you for the lesson.

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hi, Emma! your lesson was great. can you tell me about 2nd conditionals. `couse we have a huge problem with it in school. in our pupil`s book the 2nd conditionals = if + Past Simple + could/would + verb in ifinitive. but i have seen that in 2nd conditionals must be should/would istead of could/would. is it right to use the word “to be” as “were” with all persons(singular and plural)???

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You got 8 correct out of 10..

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    Good ..

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Excellent explained lesson on such dificult issue, thank you very much Emma


There is a lamb of god’s song called ‘laid to rest’. Is it correct or it had to be ‘lain to rest’?
Great lesson Emma. Thank you very much


I’ve got one hundred percent on this test. Woohoo..

Thyago Perera

I didnt understand !!!!
what shall h do ???


You are excellent !!


you are very nice teacher Emma I have got 90%


I have got 6 out of 10

I am still get confused


Hi Emma!
In your lesson you explained the word “lay” means to put something down. Can I conclude we can not use “lay” to put something up.
Exmaple: Lay the books in the upper rack. (Is it correct?). By the way you explained the lesson beautifully, thanks a lot.


Thank you great teacher

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hi.. i’m Sherif from Egypt
i’m new student at your class video learning English language … really i’m very happy of your videos and i will continue with you until you will get us all you can to learn this language “i know that is not have any subject about lesson of lay or lie .. but i want to explain of my feeling to you”

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so clear tnx

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good job Emma,

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Dear Emma,
You are real lovely to give all those concepts in your online class coz people dont even bother considering these concepts even while talking.
you are too good.
Thanks a bunch.
Emma plz give one more lesson regarding the method of writing an essay.As my child is preparing for her O’level exams
that shall be very kind of you.



tanks alot Emma


Hello, Emma! (:
Let’s me introduced my self. I’m Dyah from Indonesia.
Hmm, thank you for your explanation about Lie or Lay, Emma. I more understand now (:
I want to ask you, Emma, what’s different about lie (dishonest) and lie (rest)?? How we can say them when we are speaking english with others?? Thanks for your reply, Emma. (:

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hi Emma
It was pretty interesting and very very useful lesson!
Keep it up!
Have a ball!

Fellows, all over the world, need your help!
I have to improve my low English-speaking skeels.
If you have a desire to communicate with me, I will be glad.
Here is my Skype ID – jevgeniikyrychyk.

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I got all the questions of the quiz correct because of good tutoring. Thanks a lot Emma


Another great lesson. Thank Emma, yoi’re the best!

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I can we thank you guys for all this effort!

thank you very much!


Congratulations. It’s very interesting!


Ilerarn something new thank yuo very much

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It´s time to go to bed and lay my head on my pillow, but your class is so interesting that I decided to lie in my bed and keep on studying.
Thank you so much.

Penha Habibe

very interesting lesson .thanks very much emma !!!!


thanks alot Eamma i really engoy your lessons
this first time i make a comment

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Hello Emma! Thank you for the explanations! If we have such teachers at schools we’d know English better for sure. Though we are limited in time at school… Anyway, thank you!
Best regards!

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Thanks for the lesson


Hello Emma
Allow me to say that : You are an outstanding teacher . About Lay & lie , I think that when we mix them up , it could facilitate the understanding : e.g

Yesterday When I had lain in my bed , I laid my hand on my eyes to get asleep


great lesson :)

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Emma, I love you lessons but was the last example a mistake. You used “LAID” in the sentences.


Emma, please disregard my previous comment. I replayed the lesson and have a clear understanding of the use of word “laid”. Thanks.


i got 100 out 100 ….. omg i can not believe it…

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Hi Emma,

Is that right way to say “get laid off” from work ?

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as you describe in video “get laid” means sex ??

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hey Emma,I wanna get laid with you.You’re very attractive :D


      Why you cannot just clean comments from those kind of things?

      I guess that “sex” styled comments should be erased completly here.

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        I usually just delete them, but sometimes I can’t resist telling people off!

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    Stop this stupid things and erspect you self let us learn and take benefet from the lesson.

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Nice lesson, i hope you keep giving them. So Emma, i’d like to know if there is a easy way to get better understand about prepositions, if you could give a lesson about it. It seems a lesson for beginners but i’ve seen a bunch of advanced students making mistakes. Emma, why you and you guys on engvid don’t give skype classes ?.


thank you so mach Emma

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you said the past tense of lie is lay but the quiz says lied can you explain ???

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I saw that lay has got another meaning when it is used as an adjective.
It is difficult for a lay person in english (not an expert one like me) to get the difference between lay and lie. I think I have to lie down for a while.
Nevertheless I got 8 out of 10. Not so bad ! Thanks Emma Your video is very clear.

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Dear Emma, I really don’t know how to thank you for this very important lesson. It was amazing. Keep doing the best.


Hi miss Emma, thank you so much for this new interesting lesson. Peace and God bless


first I would like to tell you that you are so beautiful, secondly that in the last example with lay, exercise number four, the answer was laid as you wrote it down but there was not an object following the verb lay (laid).Therefore not always appears an object after verb?. thanks

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Hi miss Emma, thank for this lesson.

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This theme is really tricky, even you made a mistake.
In fact, at the end of the lesson your example 4 is unresolved.
You wrote: The dinner was laid on the table,
but should have been: The dinner was lay on the table. There’s no object, so it has to be Past tense of lie.

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9 of 10 :)

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Thank you for this explicit technique of explaining the grammar.

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Thanks for your support & effort.

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thanks Emma. your lessons are always good. you are very nice too. sometimes i confuse lie and lay. it is very difficult. but after your lesson, i can use correctly lie and lay in my sentences. thank you very much.

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Thanks for your wonderful lessons for second language speakers. As you said in the lesson, these words are very confusing to use in even our own language. lie and lie(not telling truth) and lie-lay(past form)lay and so on.Please change spelling of this past form, lay to another!lol Joke. Please keep giving us good lessons as you do now.Thanks again.

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    Nice comment! :)

    I like Emma’s lessons 100%!

    She does very very useful thing to arrange our poor English vocabulary and speech skills as well as English thinking.

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wonderful. thanks for your awesome lessons

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thanks alot… finally i found what i want in English …. thanks Emmaaaaaaaaaaa

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You guys are awesome thanks for these important lessons

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thank you so much for this lesson, its very very nice ;)

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thanks Emma for this lesson.

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Hi Emma!

Your lesson is fantastic!

I am sure that we need more advanced lessons like this one.

Also the Quiz of that lesson is very tough.

Could you prepare some lessons about to simplify speech or how complex ideas might be expressed in a simple way, please?

It is something like to show how scientist and non-scientist persons are talking around the same thing?

Thank you very much!

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Thx Emma!

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Dear Emma,
Thank you so much for your exceptional lessons.
Could you, please, tell me what is the ing-forms of lay and lie?

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thanks, You are the best!!

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When I was in high school, my English teacher explained the difference between lie and lay in my mother tongue, but I couldn’t understand it clearly. Now I know the difference, thanks to your!

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really very confused words but now i have an idea about them

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Thanks for the lesson, Emma, I needed it. Very useful as usual ;)

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Thanks Emma
You’re woderful

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It´s really great to improve my english in this website. Thank you Emma

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You have nicely solve my puzzle which i had since childhood.

Thank you very much :)

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Emma, thanks a lot for this wonderful lesson.

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I got 100 !. Yeah.

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I know my English to some extent, but Oh boy this lie & lay business is really confusing me. I have come to a conclusion, correct me if I am wrong Teacher Emma. lay or laid followed by an object is the present form and lie, lay, lain followed by preposition is the past tens.

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I have gotten a smiley 10/10 face because you are a wonderful teacher, big thanks Emma , I will never be confused by these 2 words.

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I like your lesson very much. You are great teacher!!

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I’ve got 100% correct. Great lesson, Emma!

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I am so sad! I got oly a wicked six!. But, the class and the teacher are beautiful, I need to study more and more, the exam was for professional people.
Greetings from Mexico city dear Emma.

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Outstanding! thanks.

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Thanks for these great english lessons! I have learned so much, you are the best teacher ever, Emma!

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Hi Emma!
Thank you again for another tips. It is really important to memorized the “lay,laid,laid”; “lie,lay,lain”; and their rules S-V-O for lay and S-V for lie. These will be a great help on my future TOEFL. More power to you and engvid!

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hi there, i happen to know why you used laid at the last one. i think it would be lain, becuse we have to use the verb lie in past participle. just an example:it is broken. i hope you understand me. bye.

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You are the best Emma. I watched this video while i was lying on sofa.

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Thank you.

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Very common mistake apparently, the first verse of Metallica’s song “The Unforgiven II” on their album “Reload” : “Lay beside me and tell me what they’ve done”. Guess they should go back to school.

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thank you for your time Emma,

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well done! teacher Emma you’re perfect I get useful from your lesson thanks a lot :)

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Thanks a lot, Emma!, useful lesson! By the way, You look beautiful in this video, I’m not lying!!!!

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how an interesting video is!!!
may I download it??
and how to download it??
please tell me the way, perhaps I’ii use it for teaching my students….

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Thanks my dear teacher Emma!
I got 100…

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daer teacher i need some guide and complate exams for toefl…plzzz

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Awesome lesson!!! Thank you so much Emma!! Keep like this!

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Dear Emma, the great folksinger Bob Dylan wrote a song entitled “Lay,lady lay”. Is that a correct? or it would have been better “Lie, lady lie”?
Thank you for your great lessons!

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I got 10 correct out of 10 again. \o/ thx Emma…

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thanks a lot!!!You are a very nice teacher!!!

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Thanks I got 90%.
3. ______________ the baby in her crib if she cries.
Lay = put down
How is it possible for the answer.

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Awesome! I cannot remember how many times i had troubles to answer to my friends about this word. Thanks a lot!

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Such a gret lesson! I’m grateful to you for your help

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Lie-Lay-Lain!!! Lay-laid-laid!!!

Lie can use without object
Lay can use with object.

Thanks Emma. I understand now.

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I’m sorry, but my English is not very good. I’m new in here and I would like a lot learn English. I loved this class…and the teacher is GREAT!!

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Now i understand, because hardly anyone explains these diffrences. Thank you Emma!

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wow great Job and u dont know how u r make me happy because i can be more and more good teacher thnx sis cuz im
still in the beginning of teaching road thnx again.

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wow great Job and u dont know how u make me happy because i can be more and more good teacher thnx sis cuz im
still in the beginning of teaching road thnx again.

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It’s very important lesson. I got 100.


Hello Emma,

It´s breaking my head. Is “laid back” grammatically correct or should it be “lain back”?


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the way you teach is just awesome!

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rasho is right.
Could you expand your lesson on lie vs lay for ing forms and make some more examples?
Thanks in advance.

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Dear Professor Emma,
Let me know please if my reasoning in respect of last example is correct.
– The dinner was laid on the table by me(by sb).- passive – no object, but preposition “on”.
– I laid the dinner on the table. – active – object the dinner.

Is it a correct explanation?

The other approach is to think about meaning of the verbs lie vs lay.


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Another one examp., when eng native speakers say lay instead lie is The Unforgiven II song by Metallica. James Hetvild sings – “Lay beside me, tell me what they’ve done”

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The lesson is very helpful, but I need to find more examples. I’m still a little confused.

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thx emma

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Its really confusing.”Lie” is more confusing word than lay.
Suppose i wanna say ‘Jackob always say lie’
here ‘lie’ means Not telling truth but after watching this lesson i’m in doubt.
Whatever its a wonderful presentation. :)

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Thanks..Emma..But we need more questions avoid for our confusion.

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Thanks.. I got 90%…

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This lesson was so good, but I have a question. It might seem stupid but it really confuses me, the thing is…
Show no mercy or Dont show mercy ??
I have no money or I dont have money?

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I have a question what do you mean with an object?

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oups I’ve got 8/10 I need more excercises,thanks anyway I’ll do my best next time

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I am very confuse :(

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Thank you so much, Emma. I have being confused so many time with these two words. Now i got it.

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thanks so much for all Teacher

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Thanks a lot, I’ve learnt a lot with your explanations.

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Thank you from Mars,o.O!?

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Thanks Emma, this lesson is very helpful.

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Hi Emma your lesson is very interesting,I am going to pratice it as much as necessary. Thanks a lot.

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It was a little confused. Thanks, very useful lesson

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This time 70 %. Thanks Emma.

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good lesson, i must remember that! thanks Emma

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thank you but i have two questions : is lie a synonym of sleep , to do not tell some one truth which is the verb related. thank you

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Is it proper to say I lay on sofa last night or In sofa i lay on table or in table.

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grand! how these verbs in ING form?

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what is differences between lay and lie?

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The following example can be ambiguous: My wife lies in front of me.
It can mean “she is having a rest” or “she is not telling the truth”
Is that correct?

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i got 8 of 10 thank you for lessen

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Hi! I am a new memeber here, and I have to notice something: Emma looks gorgeous.
Best wishes to all. :)

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Thank you Emma very much

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Thank you so much

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Thank you so much. Your lessons is so useful. Most of yours are my problems. Thank you again and wish you happiness

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It is really confusing, isn’t it?
I’ve already done the quiz and become 100.
Thank you Emma
Your interresting exciting art of teaching English are the best gift for my birthday.

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Thank you Emma.I was difficult but very useful.

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10 of 10, thank you Emma! You’re great!

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Hi dear Emma! I am glad to join to this site where I can see your wonderful lessons! You are very pretty and beautiful so every man may fall in love for you!

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my quiz emma:
You got 10 correct out of 10.

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Hey Emma what about v-ing? Nice class by the way.

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yeaaaa i got 10 uot of 10 which means 100%

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lay = place or put

lie = recline

I will go to great lengths to avoid saying “lain”. I would rather say something people can understand. I would say “I sat by the pool” or “I reclined by the pool”. “I relaxed by the pool many years ago.”

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I did quiz without watching your video unfortunately
I got 30 however after I watched I got 100
thanks a lot EMMA for your clarify lesson

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I laid my phone on table yesterday. unfortunately I didn’t find it there the tomorrow morning

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Dear Emma,thanks a lot ,I am continuing to make progress in learning English language from you more and more … The best teacher is Emma–With my best regards…

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Don’t get me wrong ma’am I respect your painstaking quality to teach us for FREE! but i thought i can just correct your pronunciation of “OFTEN” it is pronounced as “OFEN” and not as “OFTEN”. :D
– Thankyou for the great lesson :)

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I GOT 9 OUT OF 10: I’m veeeery happy, because, for ME, this topic “Lie vs Lay” has ever been one of the hardest English grammar issues to understand and use in real situations. Obviously, I still have my doubts, but I can see the difference clearlier ! … A question: *** Do Native speakers confuse LIE (to rest / recline) and LAY (to put sth on…) when LIE means “Not to tell the truth” ? … I mean when they have to conjugate the verbs in their different contexts?, … Thanks in advance! and Sincere Greetings from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America!

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Thanks a lot Emma! I always have trouble using those two words. After watching your video, i got 100 % right. So happy!. Hope you will make more videos about common mistakes that English learners often make and fix them. Thanks again and have a nice day! :D

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If I understood well, LAY (present tense) answer to the question “WHAT”.
For example: I lay (WHAT) —> my head (O) on the pillow! It helped me a lot during the test :) Could be it a right suggestion?

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Thanks a lot Emma… It’s a very interesting lesson.

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Teacher Emma you’ve explained both of them quite well!
Really make me much clear than ever.
Have nothing to say but thank u so much !

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Excellent class, but also really confusing!

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thank you for understandable explanation.

He lied that he lay on sand and laid his phone under the stone.

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Emma, thank you for the class. Do you have a Present Perfect uses video class here? Using this verb tense is a little confusing.

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I was confused about these two words. But now i am clear. So thank u Emma…:)

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As always a very good lesson! Thank you very much!

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In my view, it is a great lesson.
Thank you so much Emma

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emma!you are the best,thank you.

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Hello Emma! Please, can you explane me why did you use “laid” instead of “lain” in last example? We have preposition there, not the object. Thanks.

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    I was thinking that Emma will write ‘lying’. In Poland we often say ‘Dinner (or other meal) is lying on the table’ to call someone when dinner is already made and it is placed on table.

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Thank you so much teacher Emma for your detailed and clear explanation .

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Thanks Emma

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Very clear, thank you.

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hi Emma!
I get it, i got 100%
thank you!
see ya!

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Dear Emma,
I am watching all of your videos and practising for IELTS exam. You are a great teacher I must say.

I have a query in this lie or lay? lesson.
the last practice sentence in the video it says.” The dinner was laid on the table”. but there is no object following the verb than why you used a verb was laid?

waiting for your reply. :-)

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Thanks alot Emma.The quiz was realy confusing,but i made it at the end.

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thanks a lot Emma I got 7 out of 10

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Bravissimo ! I’ve got it ! thanks a lot and have a nice week-end !

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thanks Emma. A really easy way to understand the complicate use of these verbs!!!!

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Greetings Emma,
with your explanation, it became a piece of cake.

Many thanks Emma

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HIi Emma
I think in Q3 u would use “on” instead of “in”.
coz as we learned in this video : “Lay ON” not “lay IN”
Am i right? if no plz take off my confusion

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Thanks a lot. Very useful.

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Thanks a lot Emma. I think I learnt th difference between lay and lie.

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Bob Dylan “Lay lady lay
Lay across my big brass bed” is wrong!
Melanie “Lay down lay down, let it all down
Let your white birds smile up at the
Ones who stand and frown” is wrong,too!There is no object. Still the “let it all down” is there so one may assume that there is an omitted object…Then “the ones who stand and frown” follows so is it lay or is it a wrong imperative (correct: lie down)

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Tricky!!! Passive voice
The dinner was laid on the table = the dinner was put (or positioned or served) on the table (misleading preposition).

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Thanks, Emma. I got 90

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Thank you, Emma. I’ve understood everything, now I know the difference between these words because sometimes I was confused when I was reading. Furthermore, I like the way you explain as my English school the teachers explain like you.

thank you so much!

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10/10 because you laid a very crystal clear lecture and finally i can lie myself in the chair to think.

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9/10 (. I need more practice. I love your lessons, Emma! Thank you very much!!

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Thanks Emma! You are the best! :-)

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Hello my dear teacher! I appreciate you for such as fantastic lessons. I do not have any friends who can speak English with me. I want you to find me a good freind Please! I need to speak with someone and have some conversations sometimes.

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I have had lain in a water bed before. Bet I didn’t like it. I love to lie in my bed and all day long.
Did I say right, Emma?

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Actually it is very confused , i got 90%

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i got 100 :D thanks a lot Emma

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This video let me confuse.
Although I had learnt them in my junior high school, I have foregotten them.
I will learn them step by step.
Thank you Emma-san.

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Oh my Gosh, so confusing!

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Thank you Emma for this hard lesson. I havesome difficulties the last example. It’s a bit confusing and needs more explanation because it is a passive clause.
Is it right if write : ”the dinner was lying on the table” by using the verb ”to lie” as we say ”my dog was lying on the floor’
But could we also write”the dinner was (or is) lain on the table”, as we say ”He’s lain in a hammock” ?
I understand why even native speakers make this type of mistakes. In that example it is hard to decide if ”lie” or ‘lay” have to be used according the situation. Am I right ? What do you think about it ? Thanks.

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Thank you Emma

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thanks Emma your aewsom

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Thanks, Emma. Your tutoring is very straight and useful. I lie on my sofa and just watch your videos. perfect.

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Emma!Your good!

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Thanks Emma ❤️❤️

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    Very clear..

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THANK YOU EMMA FOR THE LESSON i got 10/10 after finshing quiz thank you ver mach

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Thnkx for the lesson. I am very grateful for this lesson. I had a doubt regarding the “object” in a sentence. The object is the thing or person who receives the action. So in that example i.e. “I lay in my bed”, isn’t bed the object that is receiving the action of the verb ‘lay’?

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10 correct out of 10! I’m a genius! Just kidding! :D I’ve only got this score because of your great explanation, Emma! Thank you so much! I really appreciate your lessons. ^^

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You got 5 correct out of 10.


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Thanks Emaa for your precious to give us.

Stars happiness lies in their fans.

Is it correct or not???

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This is perfect lesson. Thank you Emma.

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Emma, You are an incredible teacher! Believe me, you
and Rebecca are my most favorite English teachers I’ve met. God Bless you all.

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Thanks Emma!

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10 out of 10. not too bad!!! :)
Thanks Emma!

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Hello, Emma!
Thanks for this lesson, I didn’t even know that the verb “lie” can be used as smth else except of not telling the truth.
I will be satisfied if you answer me, why in the description of this video ( just above it ) is written “…At the end of the video,..” ? My English teacher always told me the correct form is “At the beginning” but “In the end”.

I need your explanation!

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i’m really glad you did this lesson, good job teacher

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great class and your hair is beautiful!!!

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Hey Emma i got 10 out of 10…….you are just amazing.thanks for your guidance.Good Luck

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thanks Emma that’e seems good


Thanks Mrs. Emma!

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Thank you ma’am. You are awesome

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Hi Emma, your teaching is great.l have a question. Is this sentence grammatically correct? The man lay face downwards on the grass.( Past simple tense).
Thanks for your help.

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Good job!!

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I ve got 100… But the way I have a question, Can i use “On” before the bed? Sometimes, Ive had a confusion between “On and In” for this sentence, eg I lie on my bed at 2 am. for yr answer thanks in advance Emma…

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I typically get mixed up with laid and lain. Your lessons help me tremendously. Thank you, Emma!

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Hello Emma, Its situation is very confusion, Lie or Lay,
We have the estudy more, a lot.

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Hello Emma, Its situation is very confusion, Lie or Lay,
I will study more, a lot.

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Hi, Emma .
i think 4- was lain because no object after it.


My dog lies in front of me.

What is “me” in that sentences? Isn`t “me” also an object?

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“I have just risen from my chair.”

You say there is no object in that sentence. Isn`t a chair by definition an object.

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Thank you Emmma, really helping me

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Greats comments!!!!, I love this section

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I really was confused of how to used the past tense of “lie”, I should use it as lied or lay…. but now I am no longer confused of that and “lied” is for untruth, but “lay” is for rest and reclining.
thanks a lot teacher Emma

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To be frank, I couldn’t answer even 4 out these 10 questions. But now after watching Emma’s lesson I was able to score ten out of ten. thank you Emma, your lesson is interesting and helpful.

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Thank you Emma, I got all correct.

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Thanks Emma, this is very educative. Please, what about this words ( lying and laying down ) do they exist? If yes, I`d like to watch the clip as well, thanks once again.

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i got sad because i managed to get only 6/10.
But i think there is no point in crying over spilled milk. Let it be. I made a mistake. But no complain, no regrets.
I’m going to watch the video again and try to learn better.
Once i will get the point of the rules,I will be able to use it 100% gramatical.

I wish you all the best in learning English.
Bye ;)

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Excellent class! I am appreciated for your help!

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I like Emma very much. Although I haven’t been here for a long time, I’m trying to watch all the videos Emma recorded before.❤️

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Thanks Emma for the lesson

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Thanks Emma for the lesson

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Tnaks Emma, I had to watching carefully twice the video to understand Lay and Lai. They’re difficult words.

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A difficult lesson, but you taught very well. Thanks so much.

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result 6/10 :(

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First I’ve got 80. Then a Ive got 100.

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    Same but I first got 60 and then 100.

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I have gotten 10. Hat’s off to me.

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10/10! Great! I lay on sofa after played basketball.

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Dear teacher Emma,
It was so great to watch your videos.
I’m sorely interested in all of your videos, and I think they are very helpful.
Hope I could improve my English skills with your videos.
Thanks so much

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Dear Emma: I hope you begin according to the order of your lessons because for us it’s a little difficult to memorize if you begin with the second word you understand me? In this lesson the first word is lie and you began with lay.Please teacher :)

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