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He takes sick leave today

Posted by peter   17 Mar 2014 4 59 pm

Hi Alex,

Here I've got a short question:

In the link below, one of them commented that "Amy take sick leave today" is incorrect.

What's wrong with this when we say "Someone takes sick leave today" ?
Posted by peter   17 Mar 2014 5 00 pm

Thanks, Peter
Posted by peter   18 Mar 2014 10 59 pm

Hi Alex,

Seems my question is not clear enough... let me elaborate the idea a bit more..

When someone is sick and needs to take a sick leave today, is it natural/correct for us to say in the following ways:
"Amy is sick today"
"Amy is taking sick leave today"
"Amy will take sick leave today"
"Amy takes sick leave today"

Personally I feel it okay to say "Amy takes sick leave today" as it is stating the fact. Is it correct?

Many Thanks,

Posted by alex stringer   19 Mar 2014 10 55 am

HI Peter

'Amy is sick today,' is fine. 'Amy is taking sick leave today,' is also possible (so are various other forms with different tenses: 'Amy called in sick', 'Amy has taken sick leave', 'Amy's not coming in today - she's sick' etc.)

You wouldn't use the present simple, which shows a habit or something that is generally true. The choice of tense here is not about facts. 'Amy is taking sick leave,' is also a fact; so is, 'I went to bed at eleven o'clock last night,' and 'Mandy has never been to Japan.'


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