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  1. mylevt's Avatar
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    #1

    asked for permission

    Hi,
    Can I report this sentence like this:
    "Would it be all right if I had a day off." Laura said her boss.
    1. Laura asked her boss if she could have a day off.
    2. Laura asked her boss for permission to have a day off.
    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: asked for permission

    Both are fine, though the first is what I would normally expect to hear.

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    #3

    Re: asked for permission

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Can I report this sentence like this:
    "Would it be all right if I had a day off." Laura said TO her boss.
    1. Laura asked her boss if she could have a day off.
    2. Laura asked her boss for permission to have a day off.
    Thanks.
    Another option is 'Laura asked her boss's permission for a day off,' or just 'Laura asked her boss for a day off.' But I agree with Anglika about not bringing 'permission' into it. 'Permission' is usually mentioned when there is some formal/social requirement:

    'Yes, go and get your ball back from next door, but be sure to ring the bell and ask for permission first.'
    'Next time, just take some; you don't have to ask for permission.'

    b
    Last edited by BobK; 03-Oct-2008 at 12:55. Reason: Just seen Anglika's

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