"Laying" (to lay) is used when you are laying something down:
- I lay the book on the table.
- He laid the clothes down on the bed.
- She has been laying the keys in the wrong place for weeks.
"Lying" (to lie) is the act of lying down:
- I am lying in bed.
- He was lying on his stomach.
- You lie in bed all day an do nothing!
In Dutch, these verbs are: "leggen/to lay" and "liggen/to lie":
- Ik lig in mijn bed (I am lying in my bed)
- Ik leg de sleutels op tafel (I lay/put the keys on the table)
I hope that helped! Happy learning!
In American English tho, we often say "I'm laying in my bed" "He was laying on his stomach" and "you laid in your bed all day long an did nothing" As for your Laying examples most Americans would likely use putting or setting. "I put/set the book on the table" "he set the clothes down on the bed" and "She has been putting keys in the wrong place for weeks"