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    past simple or past continuous?

    hi,

    I think my first sentence is correct, but could anyone assure me?

    1.I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I slept in late.
    2. I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I was sleeping in late.

    thanks a lot,
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    Re: past simple or past continuous?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    hi,

    I think my first sentence is correct, but could anyone assure me?

    1.I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I slept in late.
    2. I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I was sleeping in late.

    thanks a lot,
    heyt
    Sentence 1 is correct.

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    Re: past simple or past continuous?

    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    I haven't heard to sleep in late before, so I can't say if it's wrong or not, but I'd use to stay up (late).

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    Re: past simple or past continuous?

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***

    I haven't heard to sleep in late before, so I can't say if it's wrong or not, but I'd use to stay up (late).
    No - to stay up late means that you stay awake until late at night before going to bed.

    To sleep in late means to have a lie-in, to stay in bed in the morning for a rest! Most people who work Monday to Friday, "sleep in late" at the weekends because they don't have to get up and go to work.

    The original poster meant that he could stay in bed later than usual because he didn't have to go to work that day.

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    Re: past simple or past continuous?

    hi,

    I found that 'sleep in' is a phrasal verb, and it means 'to sleep longer than you usually do'.

    cheers,
    heyt

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    Re: past simple or past continuous?

    Quote Originally Posted by heyt View Post
    hi,

    I think my first sentence is correct, but could anyone assure me?

    1.I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I slept in late.
    2. I didn't have to go to work yesterday, so I was sleeping in late.

    thanks a lot,
    heyt
    The second is also correct in the proper context.
    "Sorry I missed your phone call yesterday. I didn't have to go to work, so I was sleeping in." - that is, I was sleeping when you phoned.

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