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Posted by Word Camel on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: Asleep posted by SR on October 14, 2004

: Which is preferred?
: She was fast asleep!
: or
: She was sound asleep!
: We have divided opinions here and would appreciate any and all input.

I hadn't thought of this before but I think, "fast asleep" is that she's fully asleep.

"Sound asleep" implies she's in a deep sleep.

The difference if there is any is very slight so I'd think either way of saying it would do.