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The fibbing ‘lie’

The word ‘lie’ isn’t just a verb that means to recline in a horizontal position. It can also be a noun, which describes a statement made by someone that is untrue. You may have seen it used in a sentence like this:

People who are dishonest will often tell a lie.

In this sentence, the word ‘lie’ is a noun; it means the same thing as a ‘fib’, which you may be familiar with. Some people will also use the word ‘lie’ as a verb:

Will you lie for me?

In this sentence, ‘lie’ is a verb. The writer of the sentence is asking the reader to not tell the truth for them.