Could you please take a look at my sentences? I'm trying to learn new vocabulary, and here are the results:
1. At weekend I really like to use my free time in the morning and lie in a bit longer in the morning.
2. My laptop has gone off because I couldnít plug in the charger anywhere.
3. Finally, I have cleared away the desk and put all the books in the drawers.
4. She has spilled the tea over the new carpet and couldnít wipe it up.
5. Before you invite anybody, youíd better tidy your room up.
6. The lecture was so boring that I dropped off in the middle of it.
7. Donít turn over, Iím waiting for the news.
8. Do you want anything from the green grocerís? Iíll pop out and buy a few things.
As for examples 2, 3 & 4 I'm not sure whether the present perfect tense is used correctly and what the difference would be if I used simply the past simple tense. If somebody could explain me that, I'd be most obliged! Thank you.
but why can't I say lie in ?
lying-in hospital - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about lying-in hospital
I'd use "sleep late" or "sleep in." "Sleep a bit longer" is good. If you're not actually sleeping, you might decide you want to tell the reader what you are doing.
Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 13-Mar-2009 at 14:23.
hmm... that's strange... 1st of all, it's really hard for me, cause when I learn a new word (in this particular case it's "to lie in") I assueme that the book which I'm currently using gives me vocabulary which is used by native speakers... and all of a sudden you guys say that "to lie in" is not actually used in the sense the book says it is...
here's also an entry from Longman Dictionary:
[British English] an occasion when you stay in bed longer than usual in the morning
If I am going to hide to wait for someone to walk by in order to do them harm or mischief, I will "lie-in" wait for them. If I'm spending more time in bed in the moring, I'm "sleeping in." If I'm awake during that time I'm just spending more time resting in bed.
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