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Last night she slept in peace.
Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace?
Although "sleep with a clear conscience" is grammatically correct, "sleep on a clear conscience" is not, isn't it?
Actually no. The first sentence means that she slept in a peaceful and quiet way.
Your suggestion means the she had a burden in her concience, she doesn't feel guilty anymore ,so she slept with a clear concience.
No, she didn't necessarily have a guilty conscience before. It just means that she has a clear conscience; that is, she didn't do anything wrong, so she doesn't feel guilty about anything. She has a clear conscience.
Last edited by 2006; 11-Sep-2009 at 04:43.
You might say, "Last night she slept in peace because she had a clear conscience," if that is the plot to date. But other times, we sleep in peace for reasons unrelated to "conscience."
Specifying that she slept "in peace last night" does suggest that recently her sleep had been troubled (for whatever reason) but now the trouble has been resolved. Otherwise, there doesn't seem to be any reason to stress that last night she slept in peace.
But the most notable use of "sleep in peace" is a statement regarding innocence and purity of mind, rather than the resolution of a problem. It is the refrain from the 1859 English Christmas carol "Silent Night" (from the earlier German carol Stille Nacht.)
The famous refrain is Sleep in heavenly peace
YouTube - Silent Night
"sleep with a clear conscience"
Is there anybody who thinks that "on" can be used in place of with?
You can sleep
- ON a cot
- IN a tent
- UNDER the stars
- BY the side of a murmuring stream
- WITH your teddy bear
You can "sleep on it" -- which means "to think it over; to postpone a decision until the morning"