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    #1

    couldn't sleep thinking

    Which are correct with the given meaning:

    1-Thing about her problems, I could not sleep.


    2-I could not sleep, thinking about her problems.


    3-I could not sleep thinking about her problems.


    Intended meaning: I was thinking about her problems and therefore I could not sleep.

    I think '1' works, '2' is less good and is conversation (the last part seems to be added as an afterthought) and '3' means something else. It seems to be saying that I was trying to go to sleep by thinking about her problems, but that did not work. Presumably I thought about something else and went to sleep!

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    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: couldn't sleep thinking

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which are correct with the given meaning:

    1-Thing about her problems, I could not sleep.


    2-I could not sleep, thinking about her problems.


    3-I could not sleep thinking about her problems.


    Intended meaning: I was thinking about her problems and therefore I could not sleep.

    I think '1' works, '2' is less good and is conversation (the last part seems to be added as an afterthought) and '3' means something else. It seems to be saying that I was trying to go to sleep by thinking about her problems, but that did not work. Presumably I thought about something else and went to sleep!

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    The first is correct. You are correct about the second -- it would work as an afterthought. I don't like the third. Your explanation is a bit of a stretch for me. If you were so concerned about her problems that you couldn't sleep, it would be very difficult to just shut that off by thinking about something else.

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    Re: couldn't sleep thinking

    In BrE, you could say "I couldn't sleep for thinking about her problems".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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