In Bed, In/On The Bed

Hi, I have a question... When vì chưng you use ON the bed? And when do you use IN the bed? What"s the difference between both phrases? Do we say "I sleep IN my bed" but "I sit ON my bed?" Are they interchangeable?Thanks in advance!
I suppose it depends whether or not you are lying under the duvet or lying on top of it (or what ever covers you have sầu on your bed). Under it & you are in bed. On top of it and you are lying on your bed. It"s unlikely that you will ever sit under your duvet (unless you sit on the edge of your bed with your duvet wrapped around your shoulders or over your lap và your legs - unless you are a wee bit strange. So it will always be a case of sitting ON your bed, và never in it....unless, of course, you are a wee bit strange. As for going lớn bed.....I think we all say "I"m going to lớn bed now". Here in the UK we say the same about "going khổng lồ hospital". What puzzles me is why Americans never say "I"m going to lớn the bed" when they say "I"m going to lớn the hospital" - unless of course there"s something I don"t know.

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If you"re under the covers you"re IN bed but if you"re on top of the covers you"re ON the bed. You can lie in bed or on the bed.And, if I"m not mistaken, "going lớn the hospital" is more conservative sầu phraseology. I don"t really know.
hmm... If you get "man-flu" và your girlfrikết thúc khổng lồ covers you in a blanket are you on the couch or in the couch?.

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You"re bleedin lucky Dave thats what you are. It just don"t "appen. Mind you, my trouble did try to cover my boat wiv a pillow the last time I got flu.
Guest Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:54 pm GMT
I hate that small beds that make your feet be in the air.
guest Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:01 pm GMT
>>Sometimes they are interchangeable, in some cases, but not all.Actually, when you"re "in bed", you *are* literally "on the bed" (i.e. on top of it), even when under covers. So in this case, they are interchangeable from a literal standpoint, so I can understand you"re confusion."In bed" is one of those phrases in English that are somewhat phối in stone and solidified lớn mean other things (figurative)--it has lost some of it"s literal/original meaning. For instance, "in bed" can mean simply "asleep". "In bed" however applies mostly lớn people/animate objects that sleep. If you had a book, & it was on the bed, you wouldn"t say the book was "in bed", but "on the bed" even if the book were under the covers.Usually though for people, as the other posters have sầu explained, "in bed" means "inside the bedding-environment" (under the covers), and on the bed is on top of it.