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    He lies in the bed

    Hi Teachers,

    Can you please tell me which of the two sentences below is the correct one. I'm a little bit confused wether I should user in or on.

    1. He lies on the bed.
    2. He lies in the bed.

    Thanks so much in advance.

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    Re: He lies in the bed

    If he's tucked up under the sheets/blankets/duvet (the bedclothes) then he's (lying) in bed (not 'in the bed').

    If he's lying on top of the bedclothes then he's lying on the bed.

    See also the Similar Threads below.

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 20-Apr-2012 at 08:42.

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