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  1. Nasser H.

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    good morning teacher... I wanna ask you a question about pregmatics and how it influence our speech.Our professor in Saudi Arabia said once that if someone says:"I sleep all the time ,doctor" ,it is nonsnse,meaningless or false.My question is ,is it true that we cosider it false or we may understand something from it?

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    Hello Nasser, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    I hesitate to disagree with your professor; but if someone says to me "I sleep all the time", I interpret it as "I sleep a great deal".

    It's a very common exaggeration; cf.

    1. My girlfriend is always talking about chocolate.

    If I say this to you, you know that it isn't literally true (for instance, there must at least be pauses while she eats the chocolate).

    Good luck!

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