Common mistake laid (lay) ahead

Common Mistake: "Laid" instead of "Lay" Ahead

One of the most common mistakes in English grammar is the incorrect usage of "laid" instead of "lay" when referring to something that is going to happen in the future. This error can often be seen in both written and spoken English, leading to confusion and potential miscommunication.

Let's take a closer look at the correct usage and examples of these two words:


"Lay" is the present tense of the verb "to lay." It means to put or set something or someone down. It requires a direct object and refers to actions done by someone or something.

  • Example 1: Please lay the book on the table.
  • Example 2: The hen lays eggs every morning.
  • Example 3: She lays the groundwork for the project.


"Laid" is the past tense and past participle form of the verb "lay." It is used to indicate that an action was done or completed in the past.

  • Example 1: I laid the book on the table yesterday.
  • Example 2: The eggs were laid by the hen this morning.
  • Example 3: He laid the foundation for the new building last year.

The Mistake: "Laid" Ahead

Many people mistakenly use the word "laid" in place of "lay" when talking about something that is going to happen in the future. This is incorrect, as "laid" is the past form of the verb, and it does not convey the same meaning as "lay."

  • Incorrect example: Tomorrow, we have a long day laid ahead.
  • Correct example: Tomorrow, we have a long day lay ahead.

Linguix Grammar Checker: Using a grammar checker like Linguix can help you identify and correct common mistakes like using the incorrect form of "lay." With its advanced AI algorithms, Linguix can provide you with real-time suggestions and explanations for better writing.

laid (lay) ahead mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    We never knew what laid ahead.

    We never knew what lay ahead.

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