Incorrect spelling, explanation: lieing may seem like a plausible word, as there is a clear base word and suffix, but if you think about it, there aren’t many words similar to it. Generally, before the -ing suffix, ie changes to y, as otherwise, the cluster of vowels would be more difficult to intuitively read.
Correct spelling, explanation: lying is the result of conjoining the base word lie (in both meanings) with a suffix -ing. The simple conjunction may seem plausible, but English has the tendency to avoid too many vowels clumped together in one place – and so to avoid the iei cluster, it is changed to yi in lying and words of similar construction.
Definition of lying:
gerund or present participle of lie
1. to be in a horizontal position
I was already lying in bed when I heard the doorbell ringing.
2. to be positioned, to have a place somewhere
The lake lying in the suburbs of the city is a popular tourist spot.
3. to tell an untruth, to deceive
She had been lying for many years but finally told the truth in court.
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