A large vase lays in the corner of our front hallway.
A large vase is laid in the corner of our front hallway.
Which is the right sentence? Should I use lays or is laid?
English Language Learners Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for speakers of other languages learning English. It only takes a minute to sign up.Sign up to join this community
Neither of OP's constructions are particularly likely. The normal sense of to lay is (transitive) to put something down carefully in a flat position.
Thus (intransitive) It lays in the corner is generally considered nonstandard / uneducated - but to lay / to lie are probably the most awkward pair of irregular verbs in English, so it's a fairly common error.
OP's alternative is laid in the corner is a present perfect passive usage meaning is placed in the corner [by someone unspecified]. It's grammatically valid, but in practice is an unlikely construction that would only normally occur when describing the action as it happens.
Even the "correct" version It lies in the corner doesn't really work with something like a vase (which would normally be thought of as being "upright" rather than "in a horizontal position". So it should be...
A large vase stands in the corner of our front hallway
Present continuous It is standing in the corner and present perfect It is stood in the corner are also technically valid, but idiomatically unlikely in OP's context.
Here is one of many webpages discussing lay/lie usage, but the take-home message from my answer is neither of these verbs are appropriate for OP's context.