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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    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

"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.

  • 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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