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    Default I've earned a few weeks off.

    Hello again!

    It's been a tough six months and I feel I've earned a few weeks off.

    Does "I've earned a few weeks off" mean "I have deserved a few free days (off work) by, perhaps, working hard overtime.

    Thank you.

    earn verb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    It doesn't necessarily mean overtime. The first half of the sentence is the salient part - "it's been a tough six months" - all we know is that. The person might not have worked overtime. It might just be that his/her normal working hours were particularly difficult.
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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    The original sentence does not say a few days off. It says a few weeks off. In my experience, a few weeks would be very excessive.

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    The original sentence does not say a few days off. It says a few weeks off. In my experience, a few weeks would be very excessive.
    It's quite normal in the UK, and other European countries, to take two or three weeks holiday.

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    In my previous job, I was entitled to 6 weeks' paid holiday, plus 11 extra days off a year for public holidays.
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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    Yes, I understand that. The same is true in the US. But in this case, it sounds as if this was extra time off for working hard.

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    "The same is true in the US"? Six weeks is hardly the norm.

    Perhaps the person is burned out. After six months of 80-hour weeks, they want to take a few weeks off to recharge their batteries.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    Barb: No, I was replying to 2-3 weeks off.

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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Barb: No, I was replying to 2-3 weeks off.
    Given how regularly the posts can be added to a thread, it's easy for the thread to get confused, so it really helps to include the quote that you're referring to.
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    Default Re: I've earned a few weeks off.

    I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

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