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    Default Is "I want to sleep now" natural/correct to a native speaker?

    I want to sleep now.

    Is the above sentence natural/correct to a native speaker?

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    Default Re: Is "I want to sleep now" natural/correct to a native speaker?

    NOT A TEACHER

    It sounds alright to me.

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    Default Re: Is "I want to sleep now" natural/correct to a native speaker?

    As long as it fits the context, it's fine. Some people will say "I want to go to sleep now" but I see nothing wrong with your sentence.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Is "I want to sleep now" natural/correct to a native speaker?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I want to sleep now.

    Is the above sentence natural/correct to a native speaker?

    Thanks.

    To me, it sounds stilted and formal. In the UK, we'd be more likely to say things like...........

    "I think I'm ready for bed."
    "Time I was sleeping, I think."
    "I'm really tired. I think I'm ready for a good sleep."
    "It's past my bed-time. I'm off for a sleep."

    The only time I'd expect to hear, "I want to sleep now" would be in a hospital when a patient has become tired by visitors and uses it as a polite way to tell them it's time to go.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Default Re: Is "I want to sleep now" natural/correct to a native speaker?

    It's fine. Actually it's better than fine. It's the shortest and most elegant way to say it. Only rather well-educated people speak that way.

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