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    I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/earlier

    I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/earlier today.

    Please pick the correct words for me.

    Thank you.

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    Re: I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/ear

    You could use any of the four possible combinations.
    I'd use 'could' and 'early'.

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    Re: I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/ear

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could use any of the four possible combinations.
    I'd use 'could' and 'early'.
    Even this:

    I thought you were going to ask your boss if you could get off work earlier today.

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    Re: I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/ear

    Yes.

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    Re: I thought you were going to ask your boss if you can/could get off work early/ear

    "Earlier today", for me, is such a standard collocation that I would assume it meant "I thought you were going to ask your boss (earlier today) if you could get off work" referring to the time of the question.

    I would use "I thought you were going to ask your boss if you could get off work early today".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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