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  1. Newbie
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    awake or wake

    Is there a diference between this verbs or they mean exactly the same?

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    Re: awake or wake

    To wake (up) and awaken are the same.

    I woke up at six. I was woken up at six. I was awakened at six. I awakened at six. ( I would not use the latter.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: awake or wake

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    To wake (up) and awaken are the same.

    I woke up at six. I was woken up at six. I was awakened at six. I awakened at six. ( I would not use the latter.)
    Well, one lives and learns.

    I was about to say that Barb's last sentence was unacceptable in BrE. Fortunately I checked up in the dictionary. I can now confirm that all four of Barb's sentences are acceptable in BrE, though awaken is labelled formal.

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    Re: awake or wake

    Hello,

    Perhaps we can add that "awake" is mainly used as an adjective, while "wake" is only used as a verb.

    Neither an English native speaker nor a teacher.

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