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    Lightbulb Usage of Available

    Hi,

    I heard from a native speaker about the usage of Available, that it cannot be used for humans, it can be only used for items or things. Is it true?

    Customer Asks: I would like to speak to your supervisor.
    Agent: Sorry sir, at the moment he is not available on the floor.

    In the above sentence, is the usage of available appropriate while refering to a person (the supervisor)?

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    Re: Usage of Available

    Hi.

    The word "available" means not only "(of things) that you can get, buy or find" but "(of a person) free to see or talk to people."

    Examples:
    - Will she be available this afternoon?
    - The director was not available for comment.

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