On TV, too many sportscasters say,
"I have went. . ."
Makes me cringe. I go. I went. I have gone.
A writer for a news agency wrote,
"I have drank. . ."
Sorry TMZ breath. I drink. I drank. I have drunk.
Another writer I read just a minute ago wrote, "before laying down for his 11:00 AM nap." Nope nap-boy, it should be "before lying down for his 11:00 AM nap."
People lie, things lay. People lie like rugs. After they lay the rugs on the floor.
The trouble occurs when people confuse present tense "lay" meaning to set down or place an object with past tense "lay" referring to a person who was resting or reclining yesterday.
I lay the object down. I laid the object down. I have laid the object down.
Lay. Laid. Laid.
I lie down to nap. I lay down to nap. I have lain down to nap.
Lie. Lay. Lain.
Somewhere something is getting laid.
Thank you, Mrs. Linklater. Isn't it your bedtime?