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    • Join Date: Jun 2008
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    #1

    in bed or on bed

    Which is correct:

    1. He is sleeping in bed.

    2. He is sleeping on bed.


    If both are correct, is there a difference in meaning?

    Many, many thanks again.


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    #2

    Re: in bed or on bed

    The sentence is usually:

    "He is in bed sleeping." - he is lying between the sheets, usually with no street clothes on - the usual 'going to bed at night'.

    "He is on the bed sleeping." - he is lying on top of the bed-covers (though he may have a rug or blanket over him. He may still be fully clothed except for his shoes.

    If you say, "He is sleeping on the bed" (changing the order of the words), you are emphasizing that it is the 'bed' and not the couch or settee or some other alternative.

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    • Join Date: Dec 2009
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    #3

    Re: in bed or on bed

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. He is sleeping in bed.
    2. He is sleeping in a bed.
    3. He is sleeping in the bed.
    4. He is sleeping on bed.
    5. He is sleeping on a bed.
    6. He is sleeping on the bed.
    Which of the above sentences is NOT acceptable?
    Only number 4 is incorrect. Bed requires an article, except in the first instance where "in bed" has become a commonly used phrase.

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