Can "liegen" be used for people. For instance

I am here. - Ich liege hier.

or it is wrong?

Is Ich bin hier better?

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Ich liege hier means something different than Ich bin hier, so the answer is no

Usage examples:

liegen: Ich liege im Bett. -> you're literally lying in bed
sein: Ich bin in Berlin. -> you're located in Berlin


  • Berlin liegt in Deutschland is correct
  • Die Banane liegt im Kühlschrank is also correct

→ Basically, you can say it's incorrect if it's related to a creature (animal/person/...).

  • can you add another example ?
    – Blackbelt
    May 13, 2013 at 13:19
  • can i ask what you dont understand? because basically it's that, that you have to notice that liegen means lying and is not the same like ich bin hier -> i am here
    – Postback
    May 13, 2013 at 13:26
  • added a "rule" for it and exception-example
    – Postback
    May 13, 2013 at 13:31
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    Unless you refer to geographical entities, "liegen" always indicates a (mostly) horizontal orientation. "Die Flasche liegt im Kühlschrank" may be correct, provided that the bottle is lying; if it's standing upright, it must be "... steht im Kühlschrank". "Der Fernseher liegt im Wohnzimmer" is certainly incorrect, and "Das Brandenburger Tor liegt in Berlin" also sounds a bit strange. I don't think that there is a general distinction between animate and inanimate beings in connection with "liegen"
    – Uwe
    May 13, 2013 at 15:28
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    "Kalkutta liegt am Ganges, Berlin liegt an der Spree; und dass ich so verliebt bin, das liegt an Marlene" -- sorry, couldn't resist.
    – teylyn
    May 14, 2013 at 11:19

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