Translation:The cat is lying in front of the television set.
It says the correct translation is "the cat is laying before the television" but in English we would almost never say this. Only perhaps in poetic speech or some other outdated mode of language. While "przed" may technically mean "before" also, in most contexts (or at least a simple one like this) I think certainly we would always say "in front of". (I am aware Duolingo accepts this, I'm merely clarifying the usage)
Also, who says television set? This should say television as an acceptable answer
I think because the difference in tv service and tv set in polish is huge so we need to study like this for learning purposes.
I agree too! I left off "set" to see if would be marked wrong, and it was.
It was marked wrong? It shouldn't be, it's an accepted answer. You can even just write "tv".
Laying is old fashioned or colloquial usage. You might hear it in the north of England, for example. But not standard English.
That's incorrect. "Laying" is not old fashioned. "To lay [down]" is an active verb. You lay something, an object, usually down. For example, "I'm laying the television down while I connect the brackets to it."
"Lying," "to lie" is a passive verb. "The cat lies/is lying in front of the television."
Where it gets confusing is that the past tense of "lying/to lie" is "lay." "Yesterday, the cat lay in front of the TV all day." But the past tense of "to lay [down]" is "laid." "Yesterday, I laid down the TV on its back."
Yes, it's incorrect. "I'm laying the cat in front of the TV." "The cat lies/is lying in front of the TV." See the difference?
He lays/is laying something [usually "down"].
After he laid/has laid something [down],
That something lies/is lying [down there].
I have checked in Fowler's Modern English, and the present participle is "lying", which also quotes the OED in stating that "lay" 'is only dialectical or an illiterate substitute for "lie".'
Or past tense, or an active verb that requires a direct object - lay what in front of the TV
If the cat "lays" then it is placing something. If it "lies" then it is resting on its back or stomach.
The verb is leżeć.