"have a sleep" is that right?? Is it a normal saying? Is that right?? Is it a normal saying?
Feb 22, 2017 5:55 AM
Answers · 4
Yes, it's fine. 'I had a warm drink and a sleep'. You can also make longer phrases from it, such as 'I had a good night's sleep' or 'The baby had a three-hour sleep'. I'm guessing from Mona's reply that 'have a sleep' is not a usual expression in US English, but it is certainly used elsewhere in the world. This type of [verb] + [noun] combination, consisting of a one of a small number of simple all-purpose verbs (such as 'have', 'take' or 'go') plus a meaningful noun, is extremely common in native-speaker English. As with 'have a sleep', we often turn the verb into a noun. Typical examples are 'have a try' or 'have a go'. In fact, anyone who wants to make their English more natural and more native-sounding should try to use these delexicalised verbs. As a general rule, British/Australian/NZ English often uses 'have' in these phrases, while US English prefers 'take'. For example, 'have a look' / 'take a look', 'have a shower/ take a shower'.
February 22, 2017
It sounds fine.
February 22, 2017
Yes, it certainly is normal and correct. Here is an example: I think I'll go to my bedroom and have a sleep.
February 22, 2017
"Go sleep." Would be better. Sleep is a verb, so it is something you do and not have/own.
February 22, 2017
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