Commonly Confused Verbs
This handout contains a list and discussion of common irregular verbs.
Contributors:Dana Lynn Driscoll, Karl Stolley, Elizabeth Angeli
Last Edited: 2010-04-17 06:00:01
LIE versus LAY
|lie, lying (to tell a falsehood)||I lied to my mother.||I have lied under oath.|
|lie, lying (to recline)||I lay on the bed because I was tired.||He has lain in the grass.|
|lay, laying (to put, place)||I laid the baby in her cradle.||We have laid the dishes on the table.|
After laying down his weapon, the soldier lay down to sleep.
Will you lay out my clothes while I lie down to rest?
SIT versus SET
|sit (to be seated or come to resting position)||I sat in my favorite chair.||You have sat there for three hours.|
|set (to put or place)||I set my glass on the table.||She has set her books on my desk again.|
RISE versus RAISE
|rise (steady or customary upward movement)||The balloon rose into the air.||He has risen to a position of power.|
|raise (to cause to rise)||They raised their hands because they knew the answer.||I have raised the curtain many times.|