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I don't expect a lie from you

Is this sentence grammatically correct? If not, how could it be corrected?

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closed as off-topic by tchrist, RegDwigнt Oct 4 '13 at 8:44

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What leads you to think it might not be grammatical? – Colin Fine Oct 3 '13 at 20:09
it didn't sound appealing? is it correct? – xyz Oct 3 '13 at 20:17
It is perfectly grammatical, and to my ear, nearly idiomatic. "Nearly" because in most contexts I would expect I don't expect lies from you, even if there was only one lie. But your sentence is certainly possible. – Colin Fine Oct 3 '13 at 20:20
A lot of sentences sound a little off but are in fact "grammatically correct." And in this instance, you haven't even provided any context about what the sentence is attempting to communicate. – J.R. Oct 3 '13 at 20:21
Please never just ask “Is this correct?” It shows no effort on your part, and gives us nothing to go on. As the Help Center says in its “How to ask a good question” section: “Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!” Thank you. – tchrist Jul 4 '14 at 2:07
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"I don't expect a lie from you."

Your sentence is correct, grammatically. It does, however, require a context to make better sense, as Colin Fine has already commented.

For example, if the sentence preceding your sentence were

"I expect to hear a lie from John when I question him,"

then your next sentence could be, "I don't expect a lie from you" (or you could combine the two sentences with the word but).

"I expect to hear a lie from John when I question him, but I don't expect a lie from you."

The words when I question him would obviate the need for the plural lies, although that depends on how many questions John will be asked. If there will be many questions, then the plural lies would be a better fit.

"I expect to hear lies from John when I question him. but I don't expect any lies from you."

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