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    sleep a night

    Are these sentences correct?
    Meaning: I have not yet made up my mind and need some more time to think about the decision I want to make tomorrow.

    I need to sleep a night over it (before I make the decision).
    I need to oversleep it (before I make the decision).
    Last edited by AirbusA321; 25-Feb-2017 at 03:21.

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    #2

    Re: sleep a night

    None of your examples are correct. The expression is 'to sleep on it'.
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    #3

    Re: sleep a night

    I don't think "not correct" is the best choice of words. "Unnatural", "not idiomatic", and "not what a fluent speaker would say" are better in my opinion.

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    #4

    Re: sleep a night

    OP asked if they were correct. An Anglophone would have difficulty understanding them as written. If incorrect can be understood to mean "not understandable", the sentences were incorrect.

    I agree that the term is slippery, but I think it's appropriate in this case.
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    #5

    Re: sleep a night

    They're both incorrect insofar as they don't mean what the OP was actually trying to say. They don't use the correct term which is, as Skrej said, "to sleep on it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: sleep a night

    Do these sentences work then?
    I need to sleep on it before making the decision.
    I need to sleep a night on it and make the decision later.
    I need to sleep on it. I cannot make the decision before.

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    #7

    Re: sleep a night

    Don't say sleep a night. Just say sleep on it.

    I need to sleep on it.

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    #8

    Re: sleep a night

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Do these sentences work then?
    I need to sleep on it before making the decision.
    I need to sleep a night on it and make the decision later.
    I need to sleep on it. I cannot make the decision before.
    Sentence 1 works. 2 misuses the idiom. 3 doesn't work because we don't usually use before at the end of a sentence.

    (EDIT) A member has pointed out a common use of before at the end of a sentence in a PM. It was one I hadn't considered before.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 25-Feb-2017 at 17:23. Reason: See above.
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    #9

    Re: sleep a night

    Quote Originally Posted by AirbusA321 View Post
    Do these sentences work then?

    I need to sleep on it before making the decision.
    I need to sleep ​on it for a/one night on it and make the decision later. It might make more sense to use "tomorrow" at the end instead of "later" if you're going to say you only need to sleep on it for one night.
    I need to sleep on it. I cannot make the decision before I do that.
    See above. Note that most native speakers say "make a decision" even if the definite article seems more logical if you're referring to a specific decision. "To make a decision" is the same as "to decide". You could have used a form of "to decide" in each of your sentences.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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