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    It's not like I didn't call in sick

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    What does he mean by "1"?
    1: It's not like I didn't call in sick... .

    I would like to know the meaning of "...".

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    #2

    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    It's not like I didn't call in sick, is it?

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    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    Tell us more about what the line fits into. What lines come before and after it? Where did you find it?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    It's about the cartoon at the top of the post. Click on it to enlarge it.

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    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    Oh! Thanks. I didn't see that.

    Smartenglish, I don't know what you mean by "1."

    The ". . ." is called an elipses. Here the writer is using it as an informal way to encourage us to think about what was said. It doesn't really mean anything. You can read it as a period (a full stop).
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    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    I would like to know the meaning of the next sentence.

    It's not like I didn't call in sick

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    #7

    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    Quote Originally Posted by smartenglish View Post
    I would like to know the meaning of this sentence:

    It's not like I didn't call in sick
    I did call in sick. It's not as if I didn't! My addiction to this game is a sickness, so I wasn't lying. Not calling would have been irresponsible, so this proves that I'm a responsible employee.

    So - it's not as if I didn't call to say I'm sick!

    The joke is that staying home to play on his computer is irresponsible, but by calling his addiction a sickness, he's making a virtue of his truancy.
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    #8

    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Oh! Thanks. I didn't see that.

    Smartenglish, I don't know what you mean by "1."

    The ". . ." is called an ellipsis.
    Ellipses is the plural.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 16-Dec-2016 at 22:23. Reason: What the L.
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    Re: It's not like I didn't call in sick

    And note that both "ellipsis" and "ellipses" contain a double "L" at the start.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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