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    #1

    I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Hi,

    I am just curious is it true that while AmE employs the form 'I will be out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th',
    BrE would be 'I am out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th'. Or do I not understand that correct?
    To me the present continuous form fits better since the person planned for being out of office.

    Thanks,
    Alex.

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    #2

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Yes, in AmE we use "will be."

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    #3

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi,

    I am just curious is it true that while AmE employs the form 'I will be out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th',
    BrE would be 'I am out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th'. Or do I not understand that correct?
    To me the present continuous form fits better since the person planned for being out of office.

    Thanks,
    Alex.
    Future tense works just fine there.

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    #4

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    I'm a BrE speaker and I would normally use "I will be out of the office until ...", though there is nothing wrong with "I am out of the office". However, if I used the latter, I would probably make it a standalone sentence and follow it with another sentence with the information. So I would say:

    I will be out of the office until Thursday 21st September.
    or
    I am out of the office. I will return on Thursday 21st September.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi,

    I am just curious is it true that while AmE employs the form 'I will be out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th',
    BrE would be 'I am out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th'. Or do I not understand that correct?
    To me the present continuous form fits better since the person planned for being out of office.

    Thanks,
    Alex.
    You could hear/read both forms in AmE.

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    #6

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Note that neither is the present continuous.
    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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    #7

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    From what I can recollect from Murphy's, the continuous form is used when the action has been planned in advance, e.g. I am having the next week off.
    And the future form is employed when the decision is being made at the moment of speech. I.e. I will go at Al's and get you a beef.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Note that neither is the present continuous.
    How is that? What's the am form then?

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    #8

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    Simple present.
    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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    #9

    Re: I will be (am) out of the office until Monday, Aug 5th

    I am out of the office = simple present.
    I will be out of the office = future.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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