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105 posts
Aug 23, 2012
2:04 AM
Hello, everyone!!

Once again, I am back with some questions. I hope you will help me.

In my department, we are allowed to take "half-day" leave: it could be either for the first half or the second half of the day. Are the following sentences pertaining to "leave application" grammatical and idiomatic?

1. Sir, may I apply for half-day afternoon leave?

2. I am on half-day leave this morning.

3. On Monday, I shall be on half-day morning leave.

4. I am taking urgent half-day afternoon leave tomorrow.

5. May I have your permission to apply for half-day leave for the morning?
659 posts
Aug 23, 2012
10:58 AM
Except in #4, the article a should be used ("a half-day leave"). In #4, it should be "an urgent half-day afternoon leave."

I agree with Sparky except when it is possible that the time desired might be other than a half-day leave. "Time off" might be construed to mean anything from an hour to more than an entire day.
108 posts
Aug 26, 2012
10:51 PM
Hello, Sparky and Sapninman!

Thank you very much for your help!!
1545 posts
Aug 28, 2012
6:17 AM
To clarify, which I probably should have done in the first place, when you are talking to your employer you should use whatever terminology they prefer.

I'd like to apply for a half-day leave.
May I take half a vacation day on Thursday?
I need to take half a personal business day on Monday.

When you're telling people outside your organization, however, you can just say "I took the morning off."

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