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    how to use the word "lie"

    Dear all,

    1. Don't tell a lie.
    2. Don't tell me a lie.
    3. Don't tell a lie to me.
    4. Don't lie.
    5. Don't lie to me.

    Are the expressions all okay?

    Thank you!

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    Re: how to use the word "lie"

    All are possible. I find "Don't lie to me" the most natural and between your #2 and #3, I prefer the word order in #2.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: how to use the word "lie"

    1.He told a lie.

    2. He lied (Is it natural?)


    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: how to use the word "lie"

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    1.He told a lie.

    2. He lied (Is it natural?)


    Thank you.
    In the right context, yes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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