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    rest /relax

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask a question about 'rest' and 'relax'. Russian learners tend to use 'rest' a lot, even when talking about things that require substantial physical activity, for example:

    -What did you do yesterday?
    -Oh, we had a rest [= they went to their dacha, rode their bikes, made kebab, planted some vegetables etc).

    According to dictionary entries, it is not the best word for such contexts. I was told once that 'rest' = 'sleep or do nothing". Is 'relax' any better?

    I'd appreciate it if somebody could help.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: rest /relax

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    -What did you do yesterday?
    -Oh, we had a rest [= they went to their dacha, rode their bikes, made kebab, planted some vegetables etc). any thanks.
    Typical BrE answers might be:

    Nothing special
    Not a lot


    For my son's generation (25-35), the response appears to be:

    (We) chilled

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    Re: rest /relax

    Thanks!

    In what contexts would it be ok to use 'rest'? Is reading a book/watching TV/wasting time online a kind of 'rest'?

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