On the bed and In bed

Image showing positions on the bed in the bed

Students often ask about the difference between “in bed” and “on the bed”. Fortunately, it’s not too tough.

1. in bed = under the covers
 My wife is lying in bed
 I like to read in bed before I go to sleep. 

 we don’t say “the”.
X I like reading in the bed.
O I like reading in bed. 

2. on the bed = not under the covers
 Marcus! Stop jumping on the bed!
 My dad sat on the bed and read me a story. 

Now just be careful of any monsters lurking under the bed, and you’ll be ok! 

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