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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 8:51:46 AM
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I will sleep early tonight.

I believe the above sentence is wrong.
I have amended it as follows. Which sentence is more commonly used by native speakers?

Thanks.

I will go to sleep early tonight.
I will go to bed early tonight.
FX2
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:13:18 AM
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I will go to sleep early tonight.
I will go to bed early tonight.


Well, I am not a native speaker myself, but I'd say that the second is much more commonly used in my English friend's discourse, but he could be wrong since he failed his ABCs. Boo hoo!

Just kidding, I do wanna know, too.

thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 11:20:01 AM

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I agree. You can control what time you go to bed.
You can't actively control what time you fall asleep - it just happens!


leonAzul
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 11:33:56 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
I will sleep early tonight.

I believe the above sentence is wrong.
I have amended it as follows. Which sentence is more commonly used by native speakers?

Thanks.

I will go to sleep early tonight.
I will go to bed early tonight.


As the results of this query via Google, "go to bed" has been consistently more common: https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=go%20to%20sleep%2C%20go%20to%20bed&year_start=1800&year_end=2013&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cgo%20to%20sleep%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cgo%20to%20bed%3B%2Cc0

In most contexts, the two expressions are virtually synonymous.

However, for the adults in the room, I am reminded of a prescription offered by a therapist concerning sleep hygiene: that there are only two things that should take place in the bedroom, and the other is sleeping.
Whistle

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:13:41 PM

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Der . . . I don't understand . . . "the other thing" . . .?

I couldn't think why the original "I will go to bed early tonight" still sounded strange to me. Then I realised - I don't remember EVER hearing someone say "I will" except at a wedding.

It could be "I'll go to bed early tonight" in some circumstances, but I think "I'm going to bed early tonight" is more likely.


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hedy mmm
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:05:02 PM

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"I will go to sleep early tonight" is the correct answer.

Because in the latter sentence, going to 'bed' early doesn't necessarily imply you are going to 'sleep'...it's a whole different ballgame...as a native speaker, who passed her ABC's, and because you also want to know FX2, the implication could be a different acronym...you go to 'bed' at 8pm and to 'sleep' at 11pm ain't got nothing to do with ABC...Eeek!

Do the 'math', as they say...ha ha Whistle

leonAzul said it most eloquently! Applause

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TMe
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 1:15:39 PM

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hedy mmm Applause Applause Applause Applause

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Parpar1836
Posted: Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:41:42 PM
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I'm going to hit the sack early tonight.

I'm off to bed early tonight.

I'm going to conk out early tonight.

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