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I am writing an application to my boss on behalf of a team member who is sick due to stomach pain.

I saw some of the letter format which says "will be out sick today". What does it mean?

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This appears to be a simple typographical error; "John Doe is out sick today" is readily understandable (the "e" was probably accidentally typed instead of "c"). –  Theodore Broda May 28 at 3:02
    
When sick, one ought to be in, not out. –  Kris May 28 at 4:46
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I think it should say not "will be out seek", but "will be out sick, where "will be out..." means "will be unavailable / staying away / not performing".

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is it grammatically correct to say out sick today?? –  Pilot May 28 at 3:12
    
@Pilot - Yes.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ –  Erik Kowal May 28 at 6:15
    
"out sick today" may be grammatical but it's not idiomatic! –  Mari-Lou A May 28 at 7:05
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@Mari-LouA - It's perfectly idiomatic in my part of the American Midwest; I can't speak for Italy. –  Erik Kowal May 28 at 7:08
    
What about UK then? eveningexpress.co.uk/news/local/… and telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/turkey/10843282/… and in Canada too thespec.com/news-story/… off sick is the preferred term in these countries. –  Mari-Lou A May 28 at 7:13
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To be out in this context means to be out of the office or out of school or wherever they're supposed to be otherwise. Sick provides the reason they're out and today provides the timeframe.

Out sick today is no different in construction than, "He was inside reading this morning" which, of course, means he remained inside this morning because he was reading.

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Great...Will be okay to say off seek today then? –  Pilot May 28 at 4:30
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It is grammatically correct to say "out sick today." The phrase is commonly understood to mean out (not present at work or perhaps school) due to being sick. If you would prefer a more complete statement, try something like, "My team member is unable to be at work today because of being sick."

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It would sound less awkward to write "My team member is unable to be at work today because {{he / she} is / they are}} sick." –  Erik Kowal May 28 at 6:17
    
Typo: "off (being) sick" –  Mari-Lou A May 28 at 7:04
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