Vie or Vye?Writers are sometimes confused whether to use vie or vye. To vye is the obsolete form of to vie. The letter y only appears in vying.
The verb to vie means to compete with someone in order to achieve something.
- The government is heading for serious political instability as its rival party vies for power.
- The top students in the class vied for the title of valedictorian.
- The Japanese potters could never vie with the Chinese in the production of glazes.
- The swimmers were vying for a place on team USA.
Conjugating the Verb To VieHere is the conjugation of the verb to vie.
|Pronoun||Person||Simple Present||Simple Past|
|I||First person singular||vie||vied|
|You||Second person singular||vie||vied|
|He/She/It||Third person singular||vies||vied|
|We||First person plural||vie||vied|
|You||Second person plural||vie||vied|
|They||Third person plural||vie||vied|
Present Participle of To VieThe present participle of the verb to vie is vying (i.e., it retains the y from the obsolete version).
The verb to vie is like to lie, the present participle of which is lying.
- We are independent of the two factions that are vying for power.
- I'm really interested in cliques. I like watching girls vying for attention. (Lorde)