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    #1

    Is she in bed?

    Here('s) are two similar exchanges between two people. Are they natural? Can we use the phrase 'to be in bed' in two different contexts - 1) "in bed" = in her/his bed? 2)to be ill in bed?
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    - How is Bill?
    - He is not well.
    - Oh, that's a pity! What's the matter? It isn't the flu, is it?
    - Oh, no, it's a bad cold, he's better today.
    - Is he in bed?
    - No, he isn't. He is at his computer.

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    - How is Bill?
    - He is not well.
    - Oh, that's a pity! What's the matter? It isn't the flu, is it?
    - Oh, no, it's a bad cold, he's better today.
    - Is he in bed?
    - No, he isn't. He doesn't follow the doctor 's advice.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 03-Aug-2016 at 13:14.
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    #2

    Re: Is she in bed?

    I see no difference in the meaning of 'in bed' in those sentences.

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    #3

    Re: Is she in bed?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I see no difference in the meaning of 'in bed' in those sentences.
    I think I've used very similar examples. The second should be:

    Is Jane up?
    No, she's in bed.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Is she in bed?

    There is still no difference. If you are in bed, you are in bed.

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    #5

    Re: Is she in bed?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Here are two similar exchanges between two people.
    See correction above.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    2)to be ill in bed?
    Perhaps you're looking for the word "bedridden."

    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...lish/bedridden
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    #6

    Re: Is she in bed?

    There's a big difference between being in bed ill and being bedridden.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: Is she in bed?

    Of course there is.

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    #8

    Re: Is she in bed?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Can we use the phrase 'to be in bed' in two different contexts - 1) "in bed" = in her/his bed? 2)to be ill in bed?
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    Yes, we can.

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