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Monday, October 18, 2010

Abwesenheitsnotiz - Out of Office Autoreply Message and the word THE

Germlish = I am out of office until October 20...

What you want to write: I am out of the office until October 20 ...


Two definitions of office

1. office: a position of authority and responsibility in a government or other organization.
Ex: Bush is now out of office. Merkel will soon be out of office.

2. office: a room or part of a building in which people work, especially sitting at tables with computers, telephones, etc., usually as a part of a business or other organization.
Ex: I am currently out of the office…

The standard usage in both British and American English is to use an article before the noun office when it means the room in which you work.
Ex: I work in an office. The office is big. There are three people in the office.

“Out of Office” is the "title" of the message
I am out of the office from July 31 to August 5” : You have to use the.


Some examples of Out of Office messages you can use

Thank you for your e-mail.

I am (currently) out of the office and will return on date. I will not be able to check my e-mail during this period. For urgent matters, please contact: give contact info here


Thank you for your e-mail.

I am currently out of the office and have limited access to e-mail. I will be back on Friday, Oct. 5. If you need immediate assistance, please contact name of contact at telephone number, etc.


Thank you for your e-mail.

I will be out of the office from ____ until ____. I'll be checking e-mail once a week, every day, etc., but will have limited ability to respond. If you need (immediate) assistance or information about a/an question/issue, please contact name, e-mail address, phone number.


*Example of a short term absence for a day or two.

Thank you for your e-mail.

I am currently out of the office. During my absence my colleague name, tel. number, e-mail, other contact info will be happy to assist you.


Thank you for your e-mail.

I will be out of the office until Monday, Oct. 2, but will answer all e-mails as soon as possible on my return.

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