Situation I receive a call caller asked me;" Can I talk to Jeremy?"

What is correct reply and What should I respond to this situation with.

  1. he has gone for lunch.
  2. he went for lunch.
  3. he is at lunch.

Which one should I prefer and why?

PS Please also suggest if there is any other better option.

Thanks in Advance.

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    Jeremy isn't here. May I take a message? – deadrat Aug 16 '15 at 6:50
  • @deadrat what about the options there; can't I use any one of theme? – user134145 Aug 16 '15 at 6:51
  • @deadrant because may be I don't want to have a headache of passing the message. BTW thanks for reply – user134145 Aug 16 '15 at 6:53
  • of the ones given I would with 2) He went for lunch, but personally I would use "He has gone to lunch" – Yeshe Aug 16 '15 at 6:55
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    "I assume you can talk, since you're talking now, but you will have difficulty talking to Jeremy since he's not here now." (The proper inquiry would be "May I talk to Jermey?") – Hot Licks Aug 16 '15 at 11:36

If he went somewhere to eat lunch, then he went TO lunch. If he went somewhere to get lunch and bring it back, then he went FOR lunch. But you use the past simple for an action which happend at a definite time in the past (the time is stated, already known or implied).

In this particular situation "he has gone to lunch". You should use present perfect - this means he has not come back yet, he is still outside.


@Maldin's answer is very nice. I'll just chime in to answer your question, which one is preferable and why. I'll warn you though, this is pretty subjective.

He's at lunch

is good because it rolls off the tongue without having to think about it a lot, and it works in all cases -- he went to a restaurant; he went to the deli for take-out; he's having a salad at his desk and isn't answering the phone, for better digestion and stress relief; he's having a lunch meeting with colleagues; you name it.

Here's a nice situation for the present perfect. Someone calls for Jeremy. You say

Let me check if he's still here. (Calls over to co-worker) Has Jeremy left for lunch yet? (Into phone) I'm sorry, he's already left for lunch.

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