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    english used in office..

    hi

    I'm not sure if this is the right discussion board to ask, but I hope it is.
    A few minutes ago i got a phone call asking to speak to my boss. And she was away, somewhere in the office i suppose. I know it sounds incredibly stupid but then i realised that I don't know how to say it.

    Direct translation from Korean, which is my native language, would be 'She's not at her seat right now'- but it just doesn't sound right. So could anybody tell me what people usually say in this occasion?

    thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by marizzz View Post
    hi

    I'm not sure if this is the right discussion board to ask, but I hope it is.
    A few minutes ago i got a phone call asking to speak to my boss. And she was away, somewhere in the office i suppose. I know it sounds incredibly stupid but then i realised that I don't know how to say it.

    Direct translation from Korean, which is my native language, would be 'She's not at her seat right now'- but it just doesn't sound right. So could anybody tell me what people usually say in this occasion?

    thank you
    The answer is OK. If you are sure she is some where in the office and likely to come back to her seat in any moment, you can add some advice to it: 'She's not at her seat right now. Could you please call back after some time/half an hour?'

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    Re: english used in office..

    Quote Originally Posted by marizzz View Post
    hi

    I'm not sure if this is the right discussion board to ask, but I hope it is.
    A few minutes ago i got a phone call asking to speak to my boss. And she was away, somewhere in the office i suppose. I know it sounds incredibly stupid but then i realised that I don't know how to say it.

    Direct translation from Korean, which is my native language, would be 'She's not at her seat right now'- but it just doesn't sound right. So could anybody tell me what people usually say in this occasion?

    thank you
    You may say:
    • I'm afraid she's not available at the moment.
    • I'm afraid she's not in her office for the time being.
    • I'm afraid she's at a meeting.
    Then you may say:
    • May I take a message for her?
    • Could you leave a message?
    • May I ask who's calling please?
    There are many textbooks about business English. You may buy one and begin to read if you use English very often in your office.

    Good luck,

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