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So is it right to say "Is John lie?"? If yes, why not "Does John lie?" or "Is John lying?". Sorry if it sounds stupid, but I'm a bit confused.

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closed as not a real question by Mehper C. Palavuzlar, FumbleFingers, jwpat7, Jasper Loy, simchona Jan 3 '12 at 22:44

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Is there something that gave you the impression that the first is ok? –  simchona Jan 3 '12 at 22:30
    
Why the downvotes? Why close the question? It's perfectly clear, specific, complete, narrow, non-rhetorical (better word for that?) and it can be answered in its current form. –  phoog Jan 4 '12 at 23:37
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You could improve this question by explaining why you think "is John lie?" would be grammatical or telling us where you saw it. –  Monica Cellio Jan 5 '12 at 16:10
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

"Is John lie" may be acceptable in some dialect. I suspect it may be in Jamaican patois, due to the words "is not lie" in the Toots and the Maytails song "Monkey Man".

However it is not what a speaker or writer of standard English would use.

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I just heard this phrase in some video. But why you downvote the question? It's disgusting... –  lxhgy Jan 3 '12 at 22:51
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@lxhgy--you don't know that slim himself down voted. Down votes are not disgusting; they are tokens of question quality. –  simchona Jan 4 '12 at 4:11
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