Take Leave is go on holiday – Phrases with LEAVE


Leave is used to mean official absence from work

Leave is used as a noun as well as a verb in the English language.

Here we are going to look at how LEAVE is used as a noun.

Take leave is an alternative expression for “holiday” especially for people who are in the military (army, navy or air force) or government service.

  • When we get back from Afghanistan I’m going to take 1 month’s leave. (I’m going to have a 1 month holiday)

The use of leave as a noun is not exclusive to the military. The following are a number of uses of leave:

  • John is on leave from the department at the moment, I think he is working on his thesis.
  • Leave of absence (permission for leave in special situations: a family member is in hospital, is very ill, has died, is widowed)
  • Maternity leave – special time off work after a woman has given birth.
  • Paternity leave – time off work for a man to help with a new born child in the family
  • Sick leave – time off work when someone is too ill to work
  • Study leave – time off work to prepare for some exams (related to work)
  • Paid leave – sometimes when you take leave the company, or government, continue to pay you.
  • Unpaid leave – you take leave from work without pay

 For more vocabulary go to the Vocabulary Index

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