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    #1

    take a day off

    I know if you are a worker and you don't go to work on a particular day, you can say 'I take today off' or 'I take a day off today'.

    However, can a child without going to school say in the same way?
    'I take a day off today.'

    Thank you.

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    Re: take a day off

    Im not sure, but I dont think so he can say. What I think is that 'take a day off' is used only when you skip a working day, or ask for a holiday (etc)

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    #3

    Re: take a day off

    "Taking a day off" or "taking the day off" is a phrase usually used by adults, in a work setting. If the child were speaking, I would find it a bit humorous if he said, "I don't feel well. I want to take the day off". I would assume that he heard his mother or father use that phrase and was trying to be like them :)

    It would be less strange if his mother used that phrase. For example, "John isn't feeling well today, so he's taking the day off". It would be a cute way of describing the child staying home from "work".

    I would use any of the following:
    John stayed home sick yesterday.
    John was home sick yesterday. (Do not confuse with "homesick", meaning to miss your home)

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