Like we use "I will walk the dog to the park", is using "I will sleep you to bed" grammatically correct?

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    Please have a look at our English Language Learners site, which is better suited to quesions like this. – DJClayworth Jan 26 '16 at 21:56
  • For the transitive verb version of sleep, the object is basically a type or quantity of sleep. – Hot Licks Jan 26 '16 at 21:57
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    It's not a matter of grammar. It is a matter of the meanings of the words. – Colin Fine Jan 26 '16 at 22:27

The verb walk has distinct meanings in I will walk and I will walk the dog, where in the second expression it means "making the dog walk".

However, we cannot say I will sleep you to bed, because there is no meaning of the verb sleep that means "making someone sleep".


"Walk" as used in "walk the dog" has more the meaning of "escort." You could certainly say "I will escort you to bed." But not "sleep you..."

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    Yes. Walking the dog is idiomatic, and there are other ways in which walk can be a transitive verb e.g.*Please would you walk this parcel to the post office*. Sleep is sometimes used transitively, especially in advertisements for holiday accommodation e.g. Delightful cottage with sea views, sleeps eight persons (That may be essentially British, Americans may not recognise the use). But you, as a person, certainly cannot sleep someone. Though, you can sleep with them, or send them to sleep. – WS2 Jan 26 '16 at 23:29

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