+0
Hi teachers,

"Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back to / in the office."

So often I have heard this phrase, but which preposition is correct in use? Thank you.

Regards,

Tinanam
+0
Greetings, Tinanam,

it is better to distinguish to in an example like

On my way back to the office, I twisted my ankle,

where destination to a certain point is implied by the preposition, and

Back in the office, things were as usual,

in which the position in a place is expressed by in.

Therefore, it is preferably better to say

Please call Mr Yuen when you come back to the office

vs

Please call Mr Yuen when you are back in the office.

Respectfully, Gleb Chebrikoff
+0
tinanam0102I'd need clarification on the "article, the". Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back in (the) office.
You need the.

Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back in the office.
tinanam0102If I say, "Please call Mr. Yuen when you go to work in the morning", does "go to work" mean you are in the office."?
No. If I call Mr. Yuen when I go to work in the morning, I call him just before I leave my home. I am not in the office.

"when you go to work" means "when you leave your home to go to work".

CJ
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Comments  
Hi

It depends on what you're trying to convey.

You could say:
  • "Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back in office." (when you resume your working activities after having been 'out of office')
  • "Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back at the office.'' (does not imply that you've been 'out' of office for a while; only that you've been away/elsewhere for some time). Maybe you just went to the bank for half an hour and then returned.
  • "Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back in the office. (when you've been away and when you're physically back inside the building (i.e. the office.)
! The expression 'to be in/out of office' does not get a definite article.

Hopefully I explained it well enough for you. Please let me know if you find any errors in my answer.

Kind regards

Dokterjokkebrok
Dear Gleb Chebrikoff, Dokterjokkebrok,

Thank you for all of your help. I have some idea now.

I'm sorry my understanding is just poor. I'd need clarification on the "article, the". Please call Mr. Yuen when you are back in (the) office. The explanations of both seem the same in my understanding.

If I say, "Please call Mr. Yuen when you go to work in the morning", does "go to work" mean you are in the office."?

Thanks again.

Regards,

Tinanam
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
 CalifJim's reply was promoted to an answer.
Dear CalifJim,

Thank you for your help with this topic.

Regards,

Tinanam
So what your or you're would i use in this sentence ... And i thought as your/you're back before me you could finish the painting ?
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies