While she was a university student, Samantha was a night owl. On weekdays, she studied for exams late into the night, and on weekends she went out clubbing until all hours. After she graduated from university, she got a great job, settled down with her partner John, and had a couple of kids. Now she’s an early bird. She goes to bed at 10 pm and wakes up at 5 am. After doing yoga, she has breakfast with her family before heading to the office where she works as an attorney. Although she loves her new lifestyle, she sometimes misses those days when she could party all night long!
Check out some more uses of this idiom in the video below.
[Tweet! Tweet!] In the morning, we wake up to birds singing. And we all know that owls stay up late at night.
For this reason, we call people who like getting up early early birds, and we call people who like to stay up late night owls.
So, let’s look at a few example sentences using these phrases:
- Are you an early bird or a night owl?
- I’m an early bird. I get up at 6:00 every morning.
- I’m a night owl. I work best after midnight.
So, there we are. Let us know in the comments section below: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
Write some sentences using today’s phrase.
- Do you find it easy to get up early in the morning? Why or why not? What time do you usually get up?
- Do you know anyone who changed from being a person who stayed up late to a person who gets up early, or vice versa?
- What kind of jobs do you think are best for people who like to get up early / stay up late?
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