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24 / 12 / 2004

TAKE A LEAVE OF ABSENCE: meaning and examples

Good morning. Today we are going to finish expressions related to not working or holidays. Today's expression is: to take a leave of absence It means: to not work for a period of time, but it is not a holiday. People usually take a leave of absence for personal reasons, such as study or travel. You don't usually get paid if you take a leave of absence. Example 1: I'd like to take a leave of absence to finish my doctoral studies, but I don't have enough money. Example 2: Joan's job was so stressful that he decided to take a leave of absence and look for a more enjoyable job. A similar expression is: to go (or be) on leave Example 3: Lisa is planning to go on leave until her children are old enough to start school. If you are a teacher, you can take a period of time away from work in order to rest, study or travel. This time period is called a sabbatical. Example 4: Martin is a French teacher in Boston. He took a sabbatical last year to live in Paris because he wanted to practice French with native speakers. Hopefully, whatever your job is, you'll have some time off this December to enjoy the holidays! If you have any questions about any of these expressions related to holidays, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great weekend, and remember that today is the last Daily Vitamin until Monday, January 10th. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!