Which is correct:
"I am lying in my bed " or "I am lying on my bed"?

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I am lying in my bed

This phrase is correct.

You can use this phrase to indicate that you are in bed.

Some examples from our editors:

  • I am lying in my bed, and I'm too tired to get up.
  • It's too late for me to come over; I am lying in my bed.

Some alternatives from our editors:

  • I'm in bed
  • I am in bed
  • I'm lying in bed

I am lying on my bed

This phrase is correct.

Use this phrase to indicate that you are lying on top of your bed.

Some examples from our editors:

  • I am not sitting at my desk; I am lying on my bed.
  • I am lying on my bed, so I can't see the clock.

Some alternatives from our editors:

  • I'm lying on top of my bed
  • I am lying on top of my bed
While both phrases are correct, "I am lying in my bed" implies that you are lying beneath your blanket, while "I am lying on my bed" implies that you are lying on top of your blanket.
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Explained by Kay
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Last updated: December 10, 2017

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