English Language Words

Difference between Laid and Layed




  • Main Difference

    When it comes to language, several terms have similar meanings, but the same time they have some other meaning that shows a contradiction with the other. With the amalgamation of old and new English along with the British and American dialect, such terms create more confusion. The words being discussed here are laid and layed with both having some distinction. The term laid usually refers to the actual word lay that means putting something down with care. On the other hand, the term layed mostly gets used in the past and past participle of the term lay.

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    Comparison Chart

    Basis of Distinction Laid Layed
    Definition Refers to the actual word lay that means putting something down with care. Placing of objects in a particular order to make things happen.
    Usage Past and past participle of the term lay. Past and past participle of the term lay.
    Dialect American English British English
    Example “But although the Munchkin was hardly tall enough to come to Zeb’s shoulder he was so robust and talented that he laid the boy three times on his back with apparent ease.” “This enabled the gun to be layed from some little distance behind so that the layer could be clear of recoil, and continuous laying was thus possible.”
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    Laid

    The term laid usually refers to the actual word lay that means putting something down with care. Another way of defining the term goes as the placing of objects in a particular order to make things happen. Laid gets used in the past and past participle of the term lay and therefore creates confusions among people on how to use it properly. The term came into contention from the old English language as the word leogan, at the same time, Dutch language word leggen also got added along with the lie in English and with the mixture of all these, the actual word existed. The best way to understand the usage may become possible with the help of a sentence.”Once when a boy gave him a pair of doves which he had snared, St. Francis had a nest made for them, and the mother bird laid her eggs in it.” Another sentence for the same word goes as; “But although the Munchkin was hardly tall enough to come to Zeb’s shoulder he was so robust and talented that he laid the boy three times on his back with apparent ease.” We see that in both the sentences the actual meaning stays the same that something gets placed on the surface and therefore used accordingly. Another way of explaining the term with different meaning comes as the giving out of information and suggestions that help in deciding the outcome of something particular. Putting the blame on someone else gets expressed as laying the blame on someone.

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    Layed

    Interestingly enough the term layed does not exist in the American English and comes only when we talk about the British English. It means the same just as laid and gets defined as putting something down with care. Another way of defining the term goes as the placing of objects in a particular order to make things happen. Layed gets used in the past and past participle of the term lay, and the alternative of laid therefore creates confusions among people on how to use it properly. The origin of the word also stays the same and comes from the old English; the only difference stays that no modification exists here as compared to the other word with the same meaning. A better way to understand the relation is to use it in some sentences. “This was of wood; the third sight, also of wood, was for guns without a dispart patch, which consequently could not be layed at elevations below the dispart. Another sentence for the same word goes as; “This enabled the gun to be layed from some little distance behind so that the layer could be clear of recoil, and continuous laying was thus possible.” The traditional spelling of the word stays the same and therefore become used in the manner as before, but the term layed only remains as the variation of the word and does not mean anything different. It just changes places where they become spoken and the location of the person dialect.

    Key Differences

    • The term laid usually refers to the actual word lay that means putting something down with care. Whereas, the term layed did not exist as a word but used for the same meaning if required.
    • Both the terms laid and layed get utilized as the past tense or past participle tense of the word lay.
    • Sometimes the term laid becomes particular for the American English whereas the term layed becomes explicit for the British English.
    • The term came into contention from the old English language as the word leogan, at the same time, Dutch language word leggen also got added along with the lie in English and with the mixture of all these got the current form.
    • Both the words just change places where they become spoken and the location of the person’s dialect.
    • Sentence example of the word laid goes as; “Having glanced through the dispatch, he put it on the table and looked at Prince Andrew, evidently considering something. Sentence example of the word layed goes as; “This was of wood; the third sight, also of wood, was for guns without a dispart patch, which consequently could not be layed at elevations below the dispart.
    • Laid gets used in the modern English language whereas the term layed gets used as the old English language.