This may be better suited for the SPAG forum; I'm not sure. Even knowing the difference, does anyone else make these mistakes when writing? Mixing up your/you’re? Or: (These are supposed to be examples of correct usage by the way.) I laid the fork down. Past tense. I lay the fork down. Present tense. I don’t know why, in present tense, “laid,” sounds right to me. However, lay, which is correct, doesn’t sound right to me. I can’t seem to get my head around the lay/lie usage rules. Somewhere along the way I’ve picked up several bad habits that need to be broken. Has anyone had any these problems and successfully cured one or all of them? Maybe a mnemonic device that worked? In addition, if anyone has (or once had) different, but related issues, could you outline the problem, and how you dealt with it? Thanks, garmar.