EDUCATION PLUS

Is there a difference between `grant me leave for Friday' and `grant me leave on Friday'?

(Ravishankar, Chennai)

There is a big difference betweenthe two. When you say"grant me leave for Friday",what you mean is that youwould like to have Friday off.In other words, you wouldlike your boss to tell you thatyou needn't come to work onFriday. The second sentence,"grant me leave on Friday" israther ambiguous. It couldmean that you want your bossto inform you on Friday thatyou have been granted leave.You don't want him to tell youtoday itself as to whether youhave been given leave or not.You want him to give you thegood news on Friday.S. UPENDRAN

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