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    Default What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    Hi there,

    What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    And could you correct the following sentence please:

    "I wanted to turn off my mobile telefone not to be called next morning, but I forgot to do that and my friend called me so early, that my plan to sleep/lie in failed"

    Thanks in advance

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    They mean the same thing.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    If I 'sleep in', I do not wake up at my normal time. If I 'lie in', I may wake up at around my usual time, but may stay in bed, reading or contemplating my navel.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    ok, thanks a lot! Then my question would be, is the sentence "I wanted to turn off my mobile telefone not to be called next morning, but I forgot to do that and my friend called me so early, that my plan to sleep in failed" grammatically correct?

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    I wanted to turn off my mobile (telephone) so that I could not to be called next morning, but I forgot to do that and my friend called me so early, so that my plan to sleep in failed.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If I 'sleep in', I do not wake up at my normal time. If I 'lie in', I may wake up at around my usual time, but may stay in bed, reading or contemplating my navel.
    I partially agree. Sometimes, when I have a lie-in, I sleep really late and then get up. Sometimes, when I sleep in, I wake up at the normal time, then go back to sleep, then wake up again, read for a while, muck around on my phone for a bit, drop back to sleep for a while and then eventually drag myself out of bed

    But I agree that "to sleep in" suggests sleeping late but with "to lie in" or "to have a lie-in", I might be awake or I might be asleep.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Oct-2013 at 22:56.
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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I partially agree.
    I only partially agree with myself. Post #3 was intended as a personal response, not a definitive one.

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    my friend called me so early, so that my plan to
    I would use:

    my friend called me so early that my plan to

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    Default Re: What's the difference between "to lie in" and "to sleep in"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If I 'sleep in', I do not wake up at my normal time. If I 'lie in', I may wake up at around my usual time, but may stay in bed, reading or contemplating my navel.
    Or something.

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