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    Stayed up all night VS wasn't able to sleep a wink ?

    I was just wondering, does the meaning of the sentence "I stayed up all night yesterday" close to the follow sentence "I wasn't able to sleep a wink yesterday" or both of them exactly indicate to be having same meaning?


    Would these sentences very below sound natural?

    1. I stayed up all night because of the noise.

    2. I couldn't sleep a wink at all because I am supposed to be done this paper job by today in the afternoon.

    3. I haven't been able to sleep a wink for the past couple of days because I have been thinking about you. < puppy love>

    I would appreciate if you could leave a comment on this or correct the sentence that sound weird or unnatural.


    Thank you for the taking time.
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    Re: Stayed up all night VS wasn't able to sleep a wink ?

    I was just wondering, does the meaning of the sentence "I stayed up all night yesterday" come close to the following sentence "I wasn't able to sleep a wink yesterday." or do both of them have the same meaning?

    Would the sentences below sound natural in conversation?

    1. I stayed up all night because of the noise (of the something, perhaps). Fine.

    2. I couldn't sleep a wink, because I am supposed to have this paper job done by this afternoon.

    3. I haven't been able to sleep a wink for the past couple of days (nights?) because I have been thinking about you. < puppy love>
    Cute, but acceptable.
    I would appreciate it if you would leave a comment or correct any sentence that sounds weird or unnatural.


    Thank you for taking the time to help.

    You're welcome.
    J Notateacher.

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    Re: Stayed up all night VS wasn't able to sleep a wink ?

    '1. I stayed up all night because of the noise (of the something, perhaps). Fine*'.

    Really Well yes, perhaps - in the case where the noise is keeping you awake and you just give up trying to sleep.

    But for me 'I stayed up all night' implies a choice: 'She stayed up all night and finished the essay just in time to submit it first thing on the Monday morning.'

    In contrast 'I couldn't sleep a wink' means just that. There are similarities, but they're by no means the same.

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    * I've edited Notateacher's 'stealth' comment.

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    Re: Stayed up all night VS wasn't able to sleep a wink ?

    Thank you for correcting sentences and leaving comments with clear explanations!! ^_^

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