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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:45:27 AM
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put a baby to bed
put a baby to sleep

Are both phrases used by native speakers?

Thanks.


Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:22:16 PM

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We frequently say "put a baby to bed", and also "put the baby down for a nap". Not often would someone say "put to sleep", as it has a different common use, but of course, it wouldn't be misinterpreted in that way -- it would simply sound odd.
Koh Elaine
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Thanks, Wilmar.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:18:30 PM

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Put to sleep means anaesthesia or euthanasia. Also to bore others by bein dull.


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Koh Elaine
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Jyrkkä Jätkä wrote:
Put to sleep means anaesthesia or euthanasia. Also to bore others by bein dull.

Thanks, JJ.

Below are the definitions from Merriam Webster of 'put to sleep'. (Please refer to definition 3.)

Definition of put to sleep.

1 :to give (a sick or injured animal) drugs that will make it die without pain
2 informal :to use a drug to make (someone) unconscious before a medical operation :to give (someone) anesthesia before a medical operation
3 :to get (someone) ready to sleep for the night Did you put the kids to sleep?
4 :to make (someone) fall asleep from boredom Her lectures used to put me to sleep.
NKM
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:16:57 PM

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Definition 1, referring to euthanasia, is so commonly assumed that we tend to shy away from using the expression in its most literal sense (definition 3).

As Wilmar has said, there is little or no chance that anyone would mistakenly assume that literal meaning, but we still feel strange if we say it.

Koh Elaine
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NKM wrote:
Definition 1, referring to euthanasia, is so commonly assumed that we tend to shy away from using the expression in its most literal sense (definition 3).

As Wilmar has said, there is little or no chance that anyone would mistakenly assume that literal meaning, but we still feel strange if we say it.


Agree. Thanks.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 2:24:34 PM
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In South Africa, when my kids were babies, the common expression was to put the baby 'down'.

The first time someone says "Did you put your boys down yet?" you feel like a serial-killer!!
Koh Elaine
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