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    to cover my desk

    teacher, is this sentence OK?

    I would like to take leave from September 24 to 28, 2012. Can you arrange for Shing to cover my desk during that time period?

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    Re: to cover my desk

    I would like to take leave from September 24 to 28, 2012. Can you arrange for Shing to cover my desk during that time period?

    I would like to take leave from 2428 September, 2012. Can you (please) arrange for Shing to cover for me during that (time) period?

    I don't know your relationship with the person you're writing to so whether you say "please" or not is up to you. I would write the date a little differently, as I've shown, and I feel that "time" is optional.
    The main change is to the more natural "cover for me", I haven't heard "cover my desk" but of course it may be a common way to express this in your situation, so that again is your decision.

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    cover my duties

    Teacher, is this sentence okay? Is there such a word "to cover my desk"? Thank you.

    I am away next week. Can you arrange for Ling to cover my duties during that period?

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    Re: cover my duties

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Teacher, is this sentence okay? Is there such a word "to cover my desk"? Thank you. Yes, I think this would be understood to mean to take care of your duties/job in an office environment.

    I am away next week. Can you arrange for Ling to cover my duties during that period?
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    Re: cover my duties

    I have merged these two threads. Please do not start separate threads with effectively the same questions.
    Last edited by 5jj; 24-Aug-2012 at 08:10.

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    during my absence or in my absence

    teacher, can I use either "during my absence" or in my absence" in this sentence. Is it OK for me to use "cover my desk"? thank you.

    I am away next week and Xie Ling will cover my desk during my absence.

    I am away next week and Xie Ling will cover my desk in my absence.

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    Re: during my absence or in my absence

    Both are fine. During my absence usually implies simultaneity without causality; in my absence implies a direct relationship.

    Examples:
    During the absence of the regular weatherman, we had exceptionally hot weather. (He had nothing to do with the heat).

    In my absence, Miss Jones will handle all requests. (My absence is the reason Miss Jones is handling these duties.)

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