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    Question Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    Hi there!!

    I need help.

    What's correct to say: "I'm out of office" or "I'm out of THE office"? Why? Could someone explain please?

    I'm intending to write it down on my Outlook but I'm not sure which one is correct...

    Thanks in advance!!

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    "The office" because it is a specific office that you are "out of."

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    Thank your for the quick response!!

    Please, look at the sentence below:

    "Im out of the office and may have some delay to contact you." Is it correct? It sounds as if the correct is "I'm out of the office and may have some delay IN contactING you" or "I will be out of the office and I may take a while to answer you." Perhaps this last one souds better... Any suggetions?

    Thanks again!
    Last edited by Falcon; 07-May-2013 at 15:56.

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    As an NES but not a teacher:

    You may also want to say whether you will have regular, intermittent or no access to your emails and who they should contact for urgent work matters (i.e. who is standing in for you whilst you are away).

    Regards
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    PS And when you'll be back in the office.

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    Thanks for the tip; I will do this.

    Hoever, my question is if the sentences I wrote are grammatically correct or not...

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    The generic term for this kind of message is an "Out Of Office" reply. That may be where you have heard it without the article. However, the wording of the message should include the article.

    I will be out of the office from Monday 7th June until Friday 11th June inclusive and I will have no access to my emails during that time. If you require an urgent reply, please contact my colleague [name + email address].
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Thanks for the tip; I will do this.

    However, my question is if the sentences I wrote are grammatically correct or not.
    In that case, only the second is correct - "I am out of the office".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Thanks for the tip; I will do this.
    Hoever, my question is if the sentences I wrote are grammatically correct or not...
    I believed that the question of grammar was covered in post #2 and that, in post #3, you were asking for any better suggestions - which was answered by my (and emsr2d2's) post.

    R21

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    Default Re: Out of office or out of THE office? Why?

    I thank you all for the suggestions and corrections! it's really helpful.

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