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    was a day off/ had a day off

    I think,
    I had a day off work yesterday = I had official holiday for work yesterday.
    I was off work yesterday = I took holiday for work because of my personal reason.
    Am I right?

    Please help me.

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    Re: was a day off/ had a day off

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I think,
    I had a day off work yesterday = I had official holiday for work yesterday.
    I was off work yesterday = I took holiday for work because of my personal reason.
    Am I right?

    Please help me.
    I had a day off yesterday.
    I was out of work yesterday.


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    Re: was a day off/ had a day off

    Thank you Harry Smith.

    Do you mean, the both sentences of mine are incorrect?

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    Re: was a day off/ had a day off

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Harry Smith.

    Do you mean, the both sentences of mine are incorrect?
    No, only the first one is incorrect. You can use your second sentence in spoken English, I think I have heard it.


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    #5

    Re: was a day off/ had a day off

    I had a day off work yesterday = I had official holiday for work yesterday.
    I was off work yesterday = I took holiday for work because of my personal reason.

    To an English person:

    I had a day off work yesterday = I had one of my day's holiday yesterday - or a day which was owing to you for having worked another day. Or you might say the reason for being away from work: I had a day off work yesterday to go to the hospital etc.

    I was off work yesterday = I had a day away from work because I was ill.

    People say: I was off work last week with a cold.

    We say things in English, of course, without thinking too much about it, but little things such as these two sentences infer a meaning between people.

    We also say: "to take a sickie" - and this is usually on a Monday. Many people are off on Monday's because they are suffering from a hangover from too much drinking during the weekend - but they just tell their employers that they have a cold, a bad head etc etc - - dare not tell the truth!

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