oversleep vs lie in

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  • mandee
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    17 July, 2009 at 20:53
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    Hello

    Can anyone help me with this. I need to compare the two meanings of oversleep vs having a lie in, by asking some simple questions, but am not sure where to start. I wrote the following

    Did you sleep (yes)
    Did you wnat to sleep for that long (no)
    Did you know how long you slept (no)

    only to be told that they check understanding but not meaning of the two words. Now I’m really confused. Can you please give me some examples?

    Thanks

    dan
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    18 July, 2009 at 15:04
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    Reply To: oversleep vs lie in

    Hi Mandee

    You’re on the right lines with your second question where you ask did the person want to sleep for that long.

    Try something like:

    "I woke up at 10 o’clock. I overslept."
    – Question: What time did I want to wake up?

    "I woke up at 10 o’clock. I had a lie in."
    – Question: What time did I want to wake up?

    What’s the answer in each case?

    Dan

    mandee
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    18 July, 2009 at 16:43
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    Thank you sooo much Dan

    The format needs to be like this:
    (This is one I did get right!)
    watch vs clock
    Can you wear a watch on your wrist? (yes)
    Can you wear a clock on your wrist? (no)
    Can you hang a clock on the wall (yes)
    Can you hang a watch on the wall (no)

    Now I did this last night, after a big struggle….

    2. oversleep vs lie in

    a) Can you oversleep and wake up late (yes)
    b) Can you have a lie in and wake up late (not likely)
    c) Can you choose to oversleep (no)
    d) Can you choose to have a lie-in (yes)

    They just want questions like these, very simple. I’m not sure if these are even right.

    But i’m really lost now with the third one which is even worse –

    sensitive vs sensible!

    any ideas?

    dan
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    18 July, 2009 at 19:26
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    2. oversleep vs lie in

    a) Can you oversleep and wake up late (yes)
    b) Can you have a lie in and wake up late (not likely)
    c) Can you choose to oversleep (no)
    d) Can you choose to have a lie-in (yes)

    I think I would change the first one slightly though:

    a) If you oversleep do you wake up late (yes)

    If you use "Can…" it suggests that it’s also possible to oversleep but wake up on time, which it’s not.

    For sensitive and sensible I’ll get back to you – gotta run now…

    Dan

    mandee
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    18 July, 2009 at 19:48
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    Reply To: oversleep vs lie in

    Thank you sooo much

    I’ve been told by my colleague that the answers can have a different format after all :?

    I look forward to your reply tomorrow.

    Cheers!

    dan
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    23 July, 2009 at 12:15
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    Reply To: oversleep vs lie in

    Hi Mandee

    Sorry for the delay…

    Sensible and sensitive actually have very little in common in terms of meaning, so to check understanding by comparing the two (as you did with "oversleep" and "lie in" or "watch" and "clock") is not really possible.

    You’ll need to treat them individually and think of a different set of questions for each one – start with the dictionary definitions and see if you can come up with a context which might get these meanings across.

    Let me know what you come up with and I’ll gladly comment.

    Dan

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