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that clause

Post by gimnopedie » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:11 am

Hi, I was studying and got confused for this sentence,

I told her that I had lied to my mother that I needed money to buy some books.

I understand that 'that I had lie to my mother' as a noun clause which functions as direct object of the verb told.

then how should I think about the clause 'that I needed money to buy some books.' ?

Is it also noun clause functioning as direct object of the verb lie?
I thought the verb lie cannot take a direct object since it's intransitive.

thus, the questions are,

1. how should I think about the clause 'that I needed money to buy some books.' ?

2. Can the verb lie have a direct object?\

3. If it's a direct object of the verb lie,
why is it not located before the phrase 'to my mother'?
It is because the clause is too long to be at the middle of the sentence?
Or is it normal to write like that?

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