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"If you are taking something now sleeping"

Can you explain me how this could be correct.

Is this usage for informal native english?

"If you are taking s/t, you will be sleeping." Is this sentence the right way of speaking?

Thank you.

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  • Can you tell us where you read or heard this? What comes before and after the words you quote?
    – Shoe
    May 29, 2019 at 11:41
  • I had initially edited s/t to make it something, but I then realized that would invalidate the existing answer—and I then questioned if you had actually meant it to represent something or a different word (which, if so, would normally be represented by s**t). Unless you are providing a quotation (in which case a citation should be given), it's best to avoid this kind of shortening of a word (at least without commentary that makes it clear what it stands for). May 29, 2019 at 13:45
  • Do you mean: taking something to sleep? Like a sleeping pill??
    – Lambie
    May 29, 2019 at 15:32

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"If you are taking something now sleeping"

Not correct. You would see this in bad translation for sure, but it could also be a typo of editing ("editing artifact" as I have heard them called i think).


"If you are taking s/t, you will be sleeping."

This is borderline slang, like "you will be tripping," when interpreted literally directly.

But if you interpret is as yet ungrammatical you might recompose as

"If you are taking s/t, you will sleep."

"If take/took s/t, you could sleep/could be sleeping."

"If were taking/had taken s/t, you would be sleeping."

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