"Het papier ligt naast de boeken."
Translation:The paper is next to the books.
"Near" means that something is close, but not next to something else.
- Naast = next to
- Vlakbij/dichtbij = near(by)/close(by)
The "correct answer"given to me is wrong. It should be the paper lays next to the books NOT the paper lies next to the books. You can lie on the paper but the paper lays next to (or on) something