Quick answer
"Lies" is a form of "lie", a noun which is often translated as "la mentira". "Lays" is a form of "lay", a transitive verb which is often translated as "poner". Learn more about the difference between "lies" and "lays" below.
lie(
lay
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (untruth)
a. la mentira
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She told me a lie so that I wouldn't punish her.Me dijo una mentira para que no la castigara.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to say something untrue)
a. mentir
They lied about the election results. Mintieron acerca de los resultados de las elecciónes.
3. (to lie down)
a. acostarse
Come and lie here next to me.Ven y acuéstate aquí al lado mío.
b. echarse
Sam lay on the bed because he was exhausted.Sam se echó en la cama porque estaba agotado.
c. tenderse
Could you please not lie on the sofa?¿Puede no tenderse en el sofá, por favor?
d. tumbarse
Don't lie on the damp grass.No te tumbes en la hierba húmeda.
4. (to be lying down)
a. estar acostado
The children are lying in our bed.Los niños están acostados en nuestra cama.
b. estar echado
My uncle was lying on a mat in the shade of an orange tree.Mi tío estaba echado sobre una alfombrilla a la sombra de un naranjo.
c. estar tendido
He was very pale, lying there on the stretcher.Estaba muy pálido, allí tendido en la camilla.
d. estar tumbado
My dream is to lie in a hammock on the beach.Sueño con estar en la playa tumbado en una hamaca.
5. (to be buried)
a. estar enterrado
My grandfather lies in a cemetery in San Diego.Mi abuelo está enterrado en un cementerio de San Diego.
b. yacer
Benito Juarez lies in the San Fernando Pantheon.Benito Juárez yace en el Panteón de San Fernando.
6. (to be found)
a. estar
Therein lies the problem.Allí está el problema.
b. radicar
The problem lies in the fact that we don't have enough trained language teachers.El problema radica en el hecho de que no tenemos suficientes profesores de idiomas titulados.
c. estribar
The secret to our success lies in our willingness to listen and learn.El secreto de nuestro éxito estriba en nuestra disposición para escuchar y aprender.
d. consistir
The answer lies in educating young people better.La solución consiste en educar mejor a los jóvenes.
7. (to remain)
a. estar
A book lay open on the bedside table.Un libro estaba abierto en la mesilla de noche.
b. quedar
The looms at the mill had lain idle since the strike.Los telares de la fábrica habían quedado parados desde la huelga.
c. cuajar
To the children's disappointment, the snow didn't lie.Para la decepción de los niños, la nieve no llegó a cuajar.
8. (geography)
a. estar situado
The town lies five miles south of here.El pueblo está situado a cinco millas al sur de aquí.
b. estar ubicado
The village of Waterside lies just outside Kirkintilloch.La aldea de Waterside está ubicada a poca distancia de Kirkintilloch.
c. extenderse
Before us lay the desert.Ante nosotros se extendía el desierto.
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lay(
ley
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to set down)
a. poner
We laid all of the decorations out on the table.Pusimos todos los adornos en la mesa.
b. extender (place flat)
After you're done ironing it, please just lay the dress on the bed.Después de haberlo planchado, por favor extiende el vestido sobre la cama.
2. (to inculpate)
a. echar
I can't believe she laid the blame on me for the whole accident!¡No puedo creer que ella me echó la culpa por todo el accidente!
3. (to birth)
a. poner (bird, reptile, insect)
One hen lays a maximum of one egg per day.Una gallina pone un máximo de un huevo por día.
b. desovar (fish, amphibian)
Frogs lay their eggs in water so that they don't dry up.Las ranas desovan sus huevos en el agua para que no se sequen.
4. (to install)
a. poner
He makes a living laying bricks for a construction company.Se gana la vida poniendo ladrillos para una empresa de construcción.
b. colocar
They laid the foundation of the building in less than a month.Ellos colocaron los cimientos del edificio en menos de un mes.
5. (to prepare) (United Kingdom)
a. poner
Please turn the television off and lay the table.Por favor, apaga el televisor y pon la mesa.
b. preparar
It's a good idea to lay the fire now while we still have sunlight.Es una buena idea preparar el fuego ahora, mientras todavía tengamos luz solar.
c. tender (a trap, cable)
The hunters laid a number of traps for the hares.Los cazadores tendieron varias trampas para las liebres.
6. (to wager)
a. hacer (a bet)
Thousands of bets have been laid on tonight's prize fight.Se han hecho miles de apuestas en la pelea de esta noche.
b. apostar
I'll lay you 50 pounds that Chelsea wins the league this year.Te apuesto 50 libras que Chelsea ganará la liga este año.
7.
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
(to have sex with)
a. tirarse a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I wouldn't mind laying Jimmy's sister.No me importaría tirarme a la hermana de Jimmy.
b. coger
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela
(South America)
I laid him at the party last night. - You didn't!Lo cogí en la fiesta anoche. - ¿En serio?
c. follarse a
A word or phrase that is crude, indecent, and generally rejected by society (e.g. fuck).
(vulgar)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
I laid her in the park.Me la follé en el parque.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (not religious)
a. laico
His father was a minister, but he preferred to pursue a lay career.Su padre fue un ministro, pero él prefirió dedicarse a una carrera laica.
b. lego
Though it began as a religious seminary, the university is now a lay organization.Aunque comenzó como un seminario religioso, la universidad es ahora una organización lega.
9. (not specialist)
a. lego
Can you summarize the findings in lay terms?¿Puede resumir lo descubierto en términos legos?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
10. (to produce eggs)
a. poner huevos
We bought three hens, but none of them lay.Compramos tres gallinas, pero ninguna pone huevos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (medieval poem)
a. la trova
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have to analyze three lays for my history class on Friday.Nos toca analizar tres trovas para mi clase de historia del viernes.
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