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    days off work

    Hello,

    you can say I too a few days off work.

    My question is if you can use any word instead of work?
    So if I work in a school, office, hospital can I say:

    I took two days off school, hospital, office etc.

    Thank you.


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    Re: days off work

    Quote Originally Posted by Encolpius View Post
    Hello,

    you can say I too a few days off work.

    My question is if you can use any word instead of work?
    So if I work in a school, office, hospital can I say:

    I took two days off school, hospital, office etc.

    Thank you.

    I don't think any of these others would be used.

    - I took two days off from school.
    - I took two days off from housework.
    - I had two days off from/shopping/exercising/jogging/listening to the boss.

    - I had a few days off from the office/from the hospital.
    - I had two days off from the Army/from the shop/from the garage.


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    Re: days off work

    Great examples, Ann.

    - take XXX days off from ...
    - have XXX days off from ...

    Do these mean the same thing?


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    Re: days off work

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Great examples, Ann.

    - take XXX days off from ...
    - have XXX days off from ...

    Do these mean the same thing?
    For practical purposes, they're likely interchangeable most of the time. Here's the difference in meaning:

    We have ten days off from work in August. - This is simply an acknowledgement that the speakers have ten days off in August.

    We're taking ten days off from work in August. - This means that the speakers are not just acknowledging that they have ten days off, but that they somehow had a hand in the decision making: 1. They asked the manager if they could use ten vacation days in August. 2. They're self-employed and have decided to take tens days off in August. And who knows what other way they could explain the days off? The point is that they had a hand in making the decision in some way. It could've been a request, a choice, or their decision completely.
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    Re: days off work

    That's right. You don't "choose" to HAVE some time off work -- you decide to TAKE some time off.

    "Why are you home today?"

    - "Oh, I decided to take a couple of days off from school."
    - "I thought I'd take a couple of days off."
    - "I wanted to take a few days off from studying."
    (I took the time off as my own decision.)

    BUT:
    - "We always have the day after Thanksgiving off."
    - "We get the day after Thanksgiving off every year."
    - "The school always lets us have the day after Thanksgiving off."
    (This time off was granted.)

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