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deter_dangler
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 9:50:42 AM
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I am asking some one over the instant messaging about third person whether he came to office or not today like below:

"is he in today?"

Is this statement correct?
hrylav
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:13:31 AM
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Yes it is correct. I have seen many using that.
Ravindra
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:20:12 AM
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Sure Deter_Dangler. Formally it is: Has he come yet?


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Discombobulated
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:30:52 AM
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Your suggestion is correct. I would however suggest: Has he been in today? as a better alternative.
deter_dangler
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 10:50:10 AM
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Thanks Ravindra,hrylav,Discombobulated for your replies..

Ravindra..I like your signature
Ravindra
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 1:01:43 PM
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Expression wise natives are always right.
And thank you Deter_Dangler for the note.


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jmacann
Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 2:12:11 PM
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All three differ slightly -I daresay (and should be used accordingly).
leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:26:12 AM

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deter_dangler wrote:
I am asking some one over the instant messaging about third person whether he came to office or not today like below:

"is he in today?"

Is this statement correct?


[quibble]Is this not a question? If I am not mistaken, you meant to ask, "Is this sentence correct?"[/quibble]

In the context of instant messaging (IM) between colleagues, it is acceptable. In the context of informal speech, it is also acceptable, but I would prefer to type it as "Is he in today?", or given proper context, "Is he in?" (the qualifying "today" or "now" is often understood from context, or more explicitly from the time stamp fields of the message itself.)




leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:46:07 AM

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Discombobulated wrote:
Your suggestion is correct. I would however suggest: Has he been in today? as a better alternative.


That would be understood by this native speaker as a very different question.

The question, "Is he in today?", can be expanded as, "Is he in the office today?"; and therefore be extrapolated to, "Is he available for interaction within an official capacity today?"

Likewise, the seemingly innocent question "Has he been in today?" quickly translates to "Has he been available for interaction within an official capacity today?"

Such are the pitfalls of the English language.
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