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‘Lay’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Lay’ as a verb.


He deliberately scrutinised each sketch and painting. Three he laid aside.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


We twisted ourselves about, and lay as still as death, with every sense alert.

From ‘The First Men in the Moon’, by H.G. Wells.


Rage, astonishment, indignation, and a storm of passions, rushed through the listener’s heart, as the plot was laid bare.

From ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, by Charles Dickens.

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When she got clear of the Crescent, she almost ran.

From ‘Persuasion’, by Jane Austen.

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