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    sleep with a clear conscience

    Hello.

    Last night she slept in peace.

    Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace?

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Last night she slept in peace.

    Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace?

    Thank you.
    Hi, Daruma
    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


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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Although "sleep with a clear conscience" is grammatically correct, "sleep on a clear conscience" is not, isn't it?

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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Last night she slept in peace.

    Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace? No, the meanings are not the same.

    Thank you.
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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    [QUOTE=1984law;513824]Hi, Daruma
    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.
    /QUOTE]
    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.
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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Although "sleep with a clear conscience" is grammatically correct, "sleep on a clear conscience" is not, isn't it?
    You are right.


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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Last night she slept in peace.

    Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace?

    Thank you.
    Yes, you can, but the meaning changes. If sleeping with a clear conscience means sleeping in peace, and it can for some people, then given a specific context in which this is so, the phrases are interchangeable. However, without any context, then the phrases are not really interchangeable. One could express the idea of "sleeping in peace" for any number of reasons. However, "sleeping with a clear conscience" simply means that one does not feel guilt or does not feel bad about something unethical or immoral that one has done.


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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Last night she slept in peace.

    Can I say "slept with a clear conscience" instead of slept in peace?

    Thank you.
    "Sleeping in peace" can be due to any number of factors, including a clear conscience -- but also including (for example) a sense of satisfaction from doing a difficult job well, or having a quiet (not noisy) sleep environment, or just being a happy person -- or all kinds of factors.

    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


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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    "sleep with a clear conscience"

    Is there anybody who thinks that "on" can be used in place of with?


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    Re: sleep with a clear conscience

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    "sleep with a clear conscience"

    Is there anybody who thinks that "on" can be used in place of with?
    I don't think you can say "sleep ON a clear conscience" -- at least, not usually.

    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"

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