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    ihop is offline Junior Member
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    Thumbs up Taking a sick day out

    which is correct?

    He was taking a sick day today?

    OR

    He took a sick day today?


    Number2:

    I have a lot of allowed weight limit that I won't use?
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    I have a lot of space still available that I wouldn't be using?

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    Re: Taking a sick day out

    Quote Originally Posted by ihop View Post
    which is correct?

    He was taking a sick day today?

    OR

    He took a sick day today?


    Number2:

    I have a lot of allowed weight limit that I won't use?
    OR
    I have a lot of space still available that I wouldn't be using?
    Not a teacher.

    "He took a sick day" would be the more natural expression.

    For the second choice, "space" and "weight" are not the same thing. The sentences are not equivalent.

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    ihop is offline Junior Member
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    Re: Taking a sick day out

    So you are saying that "He was taking a sick day today"
    is correct ?

    I feel as if it is wrong.

    because he already took the sick day.

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    Re: Taking a sick day out

    I wouldn't say "he was taking a sick day." I would say "he is taking a sick day" if I didn't say "He took a sick day."

    The only time I think I would say "he was taking..." would be if he knew in advance that he was going to be sick. Or a company had a policy that sick days had to be used or forfeited. Then you might say (to a third party) "John is coming in today cause he was taking a sick day today."

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    Re: Taking a sick day out

    I would say 'He took a day off sick'.

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    Thumbs up Re: Taking a sick day out

    Thanks. I agree.

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