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    Make bed

    Do we ask our servents to "Make our bed". Like to put metress and blankets on the bed?

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    Re: Make bed

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Do we ask our servents to "Make our bed". Like to put metress and blankets on the bed?
    Most Europeans do not have servants. If we did, we would be likely to say something like "Would you make the bed(s), please?"

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    Re: Make bed

    Do you know where the expression "make your bed" comes from?

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    Re: Make bed

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Do we ask our servants to "Make our bed"? Like For example, to put a/the metress mattress and blankets on the bed.
    Note my spelling and other corrections above. Usually, making the bed doesn't involve putting the mattress on - it's usually just putting on or straightening the sheets, pillow and covers.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Make bed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Do you know where the expression "make your bed" comes from?
    Is it an idiom?

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    Re: Make bed

    There are two idioms. The first one is literal and is the one that applies to the OP's question. The second one is figurative (not a real bed).

    See here: idioms.thefreedictionary.com/make+bed

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    Re: Make bed

    Back before beds were permanent fixtures in houses and apartments, people would roll up their beds (which were made of straw) and put them next to the wall. Then in the evening they would "make their beds" and they would lie down and go to sleep. (Then the next day they would do it all over again.)

    (I didn't realize when I asked that question how hard it would be to find an explanation on the Internet.)

    Beds in Medieval Times
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed
    http://www.answers.com/Q/What_were_b...Medieval_Times

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    Re: Make bed

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Note my spelling and other corrections above. Usually, making the bed doesn't involve putting the mattress on - it's usually just putting on or straightening the sheets, pillow and covers.
    You could use change the bed for putting clean sheets on, in BrE at least.

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    Re: Make bed

    We use "change the bed" the same way in AmE.

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