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|Well, out of curiosity, (before your post) I had asked some friends—two native speakers—at lunch about that phrase and the similar "I slept at 3 AM" and they both said it did not sound right to them. I'm definitely not saying that as "proof" of my position, househusband—I'm just
Originally posted by househusband at 2006-11-5 07:14 PM
the sentence " I slept late last night"…to my ear at least, doesn't sound wrong
saying it was not my own personal idiosyncrasy.
I think that go to sleep, get to sleep, fall asleep are idiomatic in the sense of having a meaning that is not readily ascertainable from the individual words.
I totally agree that
When it gets casual, it's hard to apply a rule. That's exactly how language evolves. Scholars define it. People say it. They are not always in agreement.
- on this board, with non-native speakers, I'm more inclined to be a little more "prescriptive"—"here's how native speakers tend to say it," and
- in this specific case, really, if someone said I slept late last night, I'd have to think about what that meant, at least for a second or two. Of course, I'd almost certainly reach the conclusion that it means what we think it means but I'd still have to pause for a split second.