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Old October 07, 2010, 05:15 AM
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Then... for sleeping?
For sleep and for sleeping are both acceptable. Some of us a night owls though.
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Old October 07, 2010, 06:39 AM
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I thought that there was an -ing form following for and other prepositions.
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I thought that there was an -ing form following for and other prepositions.
Yes you are right. Cars are meant for driving (never say cars are meant for drive). Food is meant for eating (never say food is meant for eat). Shoes are made for walking (never say shoes are made for walk).
The exception is when the gerund can be replaced with a legitimate noun.
Sleep can be a noun. So, you can say shoes are meant for
a walk. The car is meant for a drive.
This is an important concept in English. I hope my explanation helps.
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Yes, now I understand. Thanks.
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Taking up the philosophical issues... or rather biological issues... of the graveyard shift... I have been on that working... and it is not a problem for a body that is kept fit... The only problem I know is when one burns both sides of the candle... then I'd think you may have issues... (Well, I know you have issues, because, like other sailors I've sinned on that line!)

Otherwise, as long as one sleeps 7 to 8 hours a night (or a day) you are okay... (How else would one philosophically sustain a sacred lore such as "la siesta de la tarde" and "la fiesta en la disco hasta las cinco..."??
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