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Posted by David FG on October 14, 2004

In Reply to: Asleep posted by Word Camel 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.

I haven't given it any thought until now either. I am not sure, but I think I probably use them very much interchangeably - no doubt I will now be shown to be unspeakably sloppy!