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The baby was fast asleep.

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Orava Orava July 20, 2016, edited July 20, 2016 July 20, 2016 at 9:17:40 AM UTC, edited July 20, 2016 at 9:23:42 AM UTC link Permalink

Looks like some translations are wrong. Many thought that the word 'fast' means quickly here.

An interesting example. I guess with these kind of words some usage notes would be helpful, although native speakers are so used to these kind of expressions that they may not realize that it can be easily confusing. Same thing with all languages. So obviously you can't expect that native speakers are the ones to notice these things immediately.

I commented the sentences that looked wrong like this "Fast asleep means in deep sleep". I hope it was accurate(?).

CK CK July 20, 2016 July 20, 2016 at 11:36:46 AM UTC link Permalink

Related:

[#2273128] Tom is fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#1140980] Tom was fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#272315] The baby is fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#2644393] Tom is fast asleep in bed. (CK) *audio*
[#251953] My daughter is fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#246752] I found the boy fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#247247] We found the boy fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#894479] The baby seemed to be fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#894481] The baby was fast asleep in her mother's arms. (CK) *audio*
[#1040644] Tom flopped onto his bed and was soon fast asleep. (CK) *audio*
[#328722] My husband and daughter are fast asleep. (CK) **audio**

Orava Orava November 24, 2016 November 24, 2016 at 9:12:33 AM UTC link Permalink

It may be helpful to know that the word is related to the "fasten" as in "fasten your seatbelts".
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fasten
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fast#Etymology_1