Take another look at the sentence:

Kevin __________ the dripping barbecue sandwich on his plate and grabbed a fork and knife. He ignored the stares of the other restaurant patrons and ate his sandwich with utensils.

Kevin put the sandwich on the plate. Thus, you need a form of lay. Since the sentence is past tense, you need the simple past form. Consult the table below or review the rules.

Infinitive Definition Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle Present Participle
to lay to put something down lay(s) laid laid laying
to lie to rest or recline lie(s) lay lain lying

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