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    Default I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    BBC - Nottinghamshire mother and son reunited after 60 years
    Danny's father walked out on Olive, taking his son with him. Danny said: "I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies."

    Is lies correct? Is "a lie" wrong?

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    The singular is correct. The plural is sometimes used informally. I would recommend that learners use only the singular when one lie is involved.

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    BBC - Nottinghamshire mother and son reunited after 60 years
    Danny's father walked out on Olive, taking his son with him. Danny said: "I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies."

    Is lies correct? Is "a lie" wrong?
    He's referring to the system of lies that his father told him to keep up the pretence. It's very unlikely that only one lie was told in those 60 years about this:

    Danny: What happened to my mother?
    Father: She abandoned you.
    Danny: Oh, OK.

    Generally the collocation goes, "It was all lies."

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Generally the collocation goes, "It was all lies."
    Or: It was a pack of lies.

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    Or: It was a tissue of lies; It was a fabric of lies. (for the more literary-minded)

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    a bundle of lies
    a parcel of lies
    a bunch of lies
    a web of lies

    Are these all good?

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    Quote Originally Posted by sunsunmoon View Post
    a bundle of lies
    a parcel of lies
    a bunch of lies
    a web of lies

    Are these all good?
    More or less. 'Parcel' wouldn't be common.

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    Default Re: I was told my mother had abandoned me. It was obviously lies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    'Parcel' wouldn't be common.
    I am not a teacher.

    That is true, but an American might jokingly use "passel", a frontier corruption of "parcel": a passel of lies.

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