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    Smile knocked off just before.

    Hello~ Can you help me say this naturally please?

    Boss: Let Mr. Lee come to my room.

    Secretary: Sorry but Mr. Lee knocked off just before.

    Boss: Oh, then ring him, if he hasnít arrived at home tell him come back office.

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    Re: knocked off just before.

    Boss: Please have Mr. Lee come see me.

    Secretary: Sorry. but Mr. Lee has just gone out. ["Has just knocked off" is inappropriate for this situtation; it's much too informal. Note the office is formal enough to use last names. But even if it were on a first-name basis, "knocked off" would still be too informal].

    Boss: Oh, then ring* him, if he's not at home yet tell him to come back to the office.

    *"Ring someone" is rare in N. American English. "Call him". Or, better in context: "Get him on his cell phone".


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    Re: knocked off just before.

    Thanks for your help

    What about this situation, can I say 'knock off' ?

    There are two close colleague.

    A: ⓐHey, what are you going to do after knocking off?
    ⓑHey, what are you going to do after leaving office?
    Let's have a beer together?

    B: I can't, I have to work late tonight.


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    Re: knocked off just before.

    Thanks for your help.

    Would you check one more sectece releted to 'knock off'?

    A and B are close collegue.

    A: ⓐHey, what are you going to do after knocking off?
    ⓑHey, what are you going to do after leaving office?

    Let's have a beer together, I will buy.

    B: I can't, I have to work late tonight.

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    Re: knocked off just before.

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Thanks for your help

    What about this situation, can I say 'knock off' ?

    There are two close colleague.

    A: ⓐHey, what are you going to do after knocking off?
    ⓑHey, what are you going to do after leaving office?
    Let's have a beer together?

    B: I can't, I have to work late tonight.
    I'm not a professional teacher, but I would say that if the two colleagues are sufficiently familiar for one to invite the other out for a beer"what are you going to do after knocking off" would be perfectly acceptable informal English. To my ear, it sounds more natural than the second option you presented.

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