Take another look at the sentence:

The bright floral-print tie __________ against Dr. Kinser's crisp white shirt gives everyone the impression that snow has fallen in the rainforest.

The tie is resting against Dr. Kinser's shirt. Thus, you need a form of lie. The blank requires a present participle. 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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