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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) I have been AWAY for six weeks.

2) I have been ON VACATION for six weeks.

3) I have been OFF for six weeks.

4) I have been OFF WORK for six weeks.

5) I have been OFF DUTY for six weeks.

If all five are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Thank you very much for the help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) I have been AWAY for six weeks.

2) I have been ON VACATION for six weeks.

3) I have been OFF for six weeks.

4) I have been OFF WORK for six weeks.

5) I have been OFF DUTY for six weeks.

*** All are correct, and all SEEM to have the same meaning --- that you were away from your work for six weeks.

The only one that is different is #2, because you mention, specifically, WHY you were off work.  The other four sentences give NO reason for your absence.

Ted

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