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    What do people have to do to GET UP?

    It occerred to me earlier today that I had never got to know the exact meaning of this phrase.

    I know it is commanly used when, say, a father asks his child to leave bed.

    But, what does someone have to do, in order to declare that he has already gotten up? I always think that it requires people to at least put on some clothes, if such things are necessary given the temperature.

    Then, suppose someone puts on some clothes, actually leaves his bed and walks about, while he's asleep. Does that count as getting up?

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    Re: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero3 View Post
    It occeurred to me earlier today that I had never got to know the exact meaning of this phrase.

    I know it is commaonly used when, say, a father asks his child to leave bed. That sound a little odd. I think you have no choice but to say, "get out of bed".

    But, what does someone have to do, in order to declare that he has already gotten up? I always think that it requires people to at least put on some clothes, if such things are necessary given the temperature. You are right.

    Then, suppose someone puts on some clothes, actually leaves his bed and walks about, while he's asleep. Does that count as getting up? No. 'Getting up' implies (1) being awake, and (2) being ready to emerge from the bedroom.
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    Re: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    What do people have to do to GET UP?
    Open their eyes.

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    Re: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    No, I don't agree that simply opening your eyes is enough. If you tell someone to "get up" and they answer "I'm up!" they need to be out of bed.
    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: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    I think that Pinbong was probably just responding to cubezero's sleep-walking question.

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    Re: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    Atucally I was not even being serious. With respect I think you might as well jump off the bed and walk over to your father in your pajamas with your eyes closed and yell at him:
    "Does this count as 'up'??? "


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    Re: What do people have to do to GET UP?

    You could always lie down on the sofa before asking the question.

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