Here is the sentence:
Robin can't __________ anything on the counter. Money, glasses of orange juice, stacks of paper—all of these get swatted to the floor by Buster, her mischievous cat.
Robin can't put anything on the counter. Thus, you need a form of lay. After an auxiliary verb like can, you need the simple form of the verb [the infinitive without the to]. You made the correct choice from the table below. Good job!
|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|