Consider the following sentence.


What is the nuance of using 寝てもらう rather than just 寝る? The guest is sleeping for my purpose?

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    I would personally think of this as "have them sleep".
    – Locksleyu
    Jun 10, 2016 at 15:42

2 Answers 2


In a way you can say that, but the dictionary explicitly gives a definition.

(oneself is benefited by kindness of somebody etc.; or request somebody to do something)

So you can translate the 寝てもらう "ask them to sleep" or just "let them sleep".


The subject of the phrase 寝てもらう is implicitly お客さん, the guest. In too many words, there is no place for the guest to receive for sleeping from the subject of the overall sentence, 私.

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