Welcome to today's lesson! Today's article will give you 3 new ways to talk about sleep using phrasal verbs so that you can participate in conversations with native English speakers. Today's verbs are:
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#1) "Doze Off"
Meaning: When we "doze off" we fall asleep (usually a light sleep) during the day, such as an afternoon nap.
Grammar Tip: "doze off" is an inseparable verb. You cannot separate "doze" and "off." The two words must stay together in the sentence. See the examples below.
Examples: "John dozed off at his desk after a busy morning." "We dozed off in the park on Sunday afternoon."
#2) "Nod Off"
Meaning: When someone "nods off" they fall asleep and it usually happens while they are sitting up in a chair and while they aren't trying to fall asleep.
Grammar Tip: This phrasal verb is inseparable. "Nod" and "off" cannot be separated.
Examples: "Jim nodded off during the presentation at work."
#3) "Sleep In"
Meaning: When we plan to stay in bed late in the morning (usually on the weekends), we "sleep in"
Grammar Tip: This phrasal verb is inseparable. You cannot separate "sleep" and "in."
Examples: "On Sunday morning I was so tired that I slept in until noon."
Sarah: Hey Jane you look pretty tired. Did you get enough sleep last night?
John: I got to bed late last night and I decided to ____1_____ this morning instead of coming to work at 8am. I hope no one noticed.
Sarah: Don't worry, I don't think anyone saw you come in late. But I did see you ___2____ during the staff meeting yesterday.
John: I know. I was exhausted. I think I have been working too hard.
Sarah: Sometimes I get really tired at work and coffee keeps me from _____3______ during the workday. There is a Starbucks down the street. Do you want me to pick up a coffee for you?
John: Sure, that would be great. Thanks Sarah!
Quiz answers: 1) sleep in 2) nodding off 3) dozing off
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