when to use in bed and on bed

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You will use "in bed" in most situations. You're in bed because you're sleeping, or perhaps sick, or for another activity that we won't talk about here. "In bed" has a purpose associated with it (sleep, recover, sex, whatever) that goes beyond your simple location.

You might say "on the bed" to emphasize your physical location.

When I heard my brother's snake got loose, I spend the afternoon on the bed.
I put your keys on the bed.

You generally would not say "in the bed" unless you wanted to describe something physical location. There was a tick in the bed. I don't think I will be able to sleep there again until the sheets are washed.
 

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You will use "in bed" in most situations. You're in bed because you're sleeping, or perhaps sick, or for another activity that we won't talk about here. "In bed" has a purpose associated with it (sleep, recover, sex, whatever) that goes beyond your simple location.

You might say "on the bed" to emphasize your physical location.

When I heard my brother's snake got loose, I spend the afternoon on the bed.
I put your keys on the bed.

You generally would not say "in the bed" unless you wanted to describe something physical location. There was a tick in the bed. I don't think I will be able to sleep there again until the sheets are washed.

I agree, although if someone telephoned me while I was under the duvet and asked "Where are you?" I would say "I'm in bed", not "I'm in the bed" even though I'm describing my physical location.

So if you're talking about a person, you invariably use "in bed", but if you're talking about something, it would probably be "in the bed".
 

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You will use "in bed" in most situations. You're in bed because you're sleeping, or perhaps sick, or for another activity that we won't talk about here. "In bed" has a purpose associated with it (sleep, recover, sex, whatever) that goes beyond your simple location.

You might say "on the bed" to emphasize your physical location.

When I heard my brother's snake got loose, I spend the afternoon on the bed.
I put your keys on the bed.

You generally would not say "in the bed" unless you wanted to describe something physical location. There was a tick in the bed. I don't think I will be able to sleep there again until the sheets are washed.
So I am lying in bed is this correct
 
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