Incorrect spelling, explanation: even though
lieing is created using the very simple base word+suffix process, it’s not correct. If you think about it, there aren’t really many English words that have iei cluster in them. This is because such a vowel cluster is generally avoided, so instead, ie turns into y (lying), to make the words better suited both in spelling and more intuitive for pronunciation for the speakers.
Correct spelling, explanation: base word for lying is lie; then, an -ing suffix is added to create a gerund form, and the word undergoes a few spelling changes, namely the ie becomes y. This is caused by the principle in English grammar to avoid three vowels in a row. Three vowels in one place make the pronunciation harder to make out, which is why lying cannot be spelled any other way.
Definition of lying:
1. To be positioned horizontally
I really love lying on the beach and sunbathing in the summer.
2. To be positioned somewhere
There aren’t many cities lying in the middle of the desert.
3. To say things that are not true
He said his dog ate his homework but was caught lying – he didn’t have a dog!
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“Lieing” is an old school word taught when I was in elementary school.
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