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@Alexey86 posted:

Hello! I know that "go sleep" can be said to a kid as a command to go to bed when it's  their bedtime. Can "go work" be used as a command instead of "get to work"?

Hi, Alexey—"Go sleep" is short for "Go and sleep," and "Go work" is short for "Go and work." It does not mean "Get to work." You could say "Go work" or "Go and work" in a situation where you were releasing a person to go and work.

Thank you, David! It seems "go work" and "get to work" could be used in practically opposite contexts:

1) "Get to work!" - "No, I'm too tired."

2) "I want to work there all day." - "Ok, go work."

As to "go sleep = a command", I found this explanation on Quora: "“Go sleep,” could be used in a situation like where you and the kid are in the kitchen and it’s their bedtime, so you tell them to “go sleep”, that is to go to bed. This is a command to a person to go to the place where they will sleep and then sleep."

https://www.quora.com/Which-on...to-sleep-or-go-sleep

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@Alexey86 posted:

Thank you, David! It seems "go work" and "get to work" could be used in practically opposite contexts:

1) "Get to work!" - "No, I'm too tired."

2) "I want to work there all day." - "Ok, go work."

Yes, that's exactly right, Alexey.

@Alexey86 posted:

As to "go sleep = a command", I found this explanation on Quora: "“Go sleep,” could be used in a situation like where you and the kid are in the kitchen and it’s their bedtime, so you tell them to “go sleep”, that is to go to bed. This is a command to a person to go to the place where they will sleep and then sleep."

That doesn't work for me; it sounds nonnative. Normally, to command somebody to go to sleep or get to bed we would say, not surprisingly, "Go to sleep" or "Get to bed." I might use "Go sleep" in an analogous context to (2):

3) "I feel like sleeping all day." - "OK, then, go sleep."

Thank you again! As I learned "go" and "sleep" in "go to sleep" and "go sleep" has different meanings and syntactic functions:

a) The former "go" means "to start" and doesn't suggest physical movement while the latter does.

b) The former "sleep" is a noun like "work" and "school" in "go to work/school" and "to" is a preposition, while the latter "sleep" is a verb.

It that right?

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@Alexey86 posted:

As I learned "go" and "sleep" in "go to sleep" and "go sleep" has different meanings and syntactic functions:

a) The former "go" means "to start" and doesn't suggest physical movement while the latter does.





In "go to sleep," there is the sense of motion, but it is not physical motion. Rather, it's the type of psychological motion suggested by "falling asleep," where the transition between waking and sleeping is felt as a movement.

In "go sleep," by contrast, there is a sense of physical movement, just as there would be if you said "Go back to bed and sleep." One goes from wherever one is now to some other place, and then one sleeps.

@Alexey86 posted:

b) The former "sleep" is a noun like "work" and "school" in "go to work/school" and "to" is a preposition, while the latter "sleep" is a verb.

It that right?

Yes, it is.

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