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    #1

    take/leave a message

    Are they the same in meaning?
    1. Can I take a message?
    2. Can I leave a message?
    Have a good day. Thanks.

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    Re: take/leave a message

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    Are they the same in meaning?
    1. Can I take a message?
    2. Can I leave a message?
    Have a good day. Thanks.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER / ONLY MY OPINION


    Panicmonger,


    I believe that there is a huge difference.

    (1) Can I take a message?

    Someone calls your home in order to speak with your sister.

    She is not at home.

    You tell the caller: Can I take a message (from you and give it to

    her when she returns)?

    (2) Can I leave a message?

    You call your girlfriend's home.

    Her mother says that your girlfriend is not there.

    You ask her mother: Can I leave a message (and you give it to her

    when she returns)?


    Thank you

    P. S. Of course, in the first example you could also ask:

    Do you want to leave a message (for my sister, to whom I will deliver it

    when she returns home)?

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    Re: take/leave a message

    The above answer is correct.

    LEAVE a message means that YOU have called someone and they are not there. So you LEAVE a message with the secretary, on the answering machine, etc.

    Example: I tried calling you, but you didn't pick up so I left a message.

    TAKE a message means that someone has called YOUR number looking for, say, your boss. Your boss is not there, so YOU offer to TAKE a message for the caller.

    Example: I'm sorry, Mr. Jones is not here right now, may I take a message?

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