10 Time off Expressions

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Here are some time off expressions which can come handy at work as well as in your daily communication in English and better understanding.

To take time off 

To be absent from work, at home, or on vacation.
Ex: I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents.


To take a vacation 

To take time away from work, especially when you travel for pleasure.
Ex: I’m taking my vacation next month. We’re going to Greece.


To take a sabbatical

To take time away from work to study or travel, usually while continuing to be paid.
Ex: He’s on sabbatical while he does his MBA. He’ll be back next month.


To take unpaid leave 

To have an authorized absence from work but without a salary.
Ex: She’s taken some unpaid leave while she moves the house.


To be off sick

To be absent from work due to illness.
Ex: When you’re off sick, you must provide a doctor’s note.


Sick leave 

The time when you can be absent from work, often while being
paid part or all of your salary.
Ex: She is having an operation and she’ll be on sick leave for the next two months.


Maternity leave 

The period a mother is legally authorized to be absent from work before and after the birth of a child.
Ex: Her maternity leave finishes next week but she is not coming back to work.


Parental leave 

The time that a parent is allowed to spend away from work to take care of their baby.
Ex: He has taken parental leave to look after the baby while his wife returns to work.


Sick pay 

The money paid by a company to an employee who cannot work due to illness.
Ex: If you are absent from work due to illness, you may be able to claim sick pay.


A public holiday 

A day when almost everybody does not have to go to work (for example January 1st).
Ex: We have 25 days paid holiday plus 10 public holidays.

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