...he would <have taken><take> more time off on the weekend.

JJXR

Senior Member
Russian
Hello to all,

Thanks for reading my post.


Context:

A person didn't buy the tickets earlier, so now it is clear they will be busy buying them during the weekend (the weekend is in the future, say, it is three days until the weekend).

Sample sentence:

If he had purchased the tickets earlier, he would <have taken><take> more time off on the weekend.

Question:

The option of him taking more time off is now closed, so should I use "have taken" rather than "take"?


Thanks a lot for any comments, corrections or suggestions!

Regards,
JJXR
 
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I'm not sure what you mean by "take time off."

    I would say "...he would have more free time at the weekend" or "... wouldn't have to use up so much of his weekend"
     

    JJXR

    Senior Member
    Russian
    Thanks Franco-filly.
    I'm not sure what you mean by "take time off."
    Let's assume that he has to work on the weekend sometimes. Buying tickets is part of his job, so he would take more time off work on the weekend if he didn't have to buy the tickets.
     
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    Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    I see. However, "to take time off work" can often suggest that the person is absent through illness, or that they have pre-booked holiday leave. So I would suggest "..he would have less work to do this weekend"
     
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