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    After the fact.

    I understand the idiom "After the fact" mainly used in the context of crime.

    However, is it possible to use during the normal conversations?

    I informed the office about the vacation only after the fact. (To mean that informing the office only after completing the vacation)

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    Re: After the fact.

    Well, it would be strange to inform the office about your vacation leave after the fact. I think they would know if you're missing. But yes, after the fact can be (and often is) used outside the context of crime.


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    Re: After the fact.

    At my office(like many others), informing before may end up canceling the vacation as they will not give leave. So, informing after the fact, leave them with no other choice but to accept it.

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    Re: After the fact.

    I see. In the United States, they get around that by implementing a rule that says you must get approval for vacation before you can take it. But sick leave is different. You cannot predict when you're going to be sick. So, you can generally take one or two days sick leave on one day notice. But if it's too long, like a week or more, you have to take a medical leave of absence (or use your accrued sick leave).

    Example sentence:
    If you notify your boss of your two-week vacation after the fact, you might end up losing your job.


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    Re: After the fact.

    Most of the "standard" companies here have the same procedure like USA.

    The company I work, is not that standard. If they are going to fire me for taking leaves after the fact, then they have to find another guy and train him. So, they will just let it go(not more than once).

    Thank you so much for the clear reply, lotus. Much obliged!

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