Hello,

Could you please explain the difference between 'take some time off' and 'have some time off' ?

"Would you be able to take some time off?"
If somebody says this, how long would this 'some time' be?

Many thanks for your help in advance.

Candy
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Hi,

Could you please explain the difference between 'take some time off' and 'have some time off' ? Often, they are interchanged, woith no difference in meaning intended. However, here are a couple of comments on subtleties.

'take some time off' This sounds like it was 'my' choice, eg I told my boss I wanted to.

'have some time off' ? This sounds more passive. eg I have time off at Christmas. I don't have to ask for this, and in fact I have no choice about the matter.

"Would you be able to take some time off?"
If somebody says this, how long would this 'some time' be? It could be a day, it could be a year. It all depends on the context.


Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you for answering my question. Emotion: smile

I see, so they are generally interchangeable, but there could be a very subtle difference(implication, in this case?) according to the speaker's circumstances.

I'm sorry for asking again, but what about 'get some time off' ?
"To get some time off" sounds like 'to get some days off" to me, but could this one also 'a day' or 'a year' according to the context?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Candy
Hi,

what about 'get some time off' ?
"To get some time off" sounds like 'to get some days off" to me, but could this one also 'a day' or 'a year' according to the context? Yes, the amount of time off is unspecified.


However, please don't get the idea that a lot of people get long periods like a year off.

Clive
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Hi Clive,

Thank you, Clive. I understand Emotion: smile
CliveHowever, please don't get the idea that a lot of people get long periods like a year off.
Lol... I wish I could get a year off... that must be great.
Christmas holidays - a year off - Christmas holidays - a year off
Wow, I really wish I could do that .Emotion: wink

Candy
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