In the definition article of "gaze" (MacMillan Dictionary) I found the following example sentence:
He lay on the bed gazing up at the ceiling.
I cannot figure out what form "he lay" should be. My alternatives are "he lays" or "he laid" but not "he lay".
Is that sentence correct? If yes: what form is "he lay"?
Ohhh! After reading the answers (thx!), I found the source of my confusion: in this online dictionary you can click on each word and you would be forwarded to its definition. Clicking on "lay" in this sentence forwards to "lay (verb)" what is obviously a tricky linking error of the dictionary.