For the purpose of this article, a pre-approved absence is defined as a scheduled vacation day, personal day, compensatory day or an excused sick day.

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    Didn't you ask this on August 1st? english.stackexchange.com/questions/263908/…
    – deadrat
    Sep 22 '15 at 3:12
  • Indeed I did. I am seeking additional insight. Thank you for providing the full context.
    – user131366
    Sep 22 '15 at 3:22
  • If this isn't a duplicate question, it's the closest thing to it. But I'lll refrain from flagging.
    – deadrat
    Sep 22 '15 at 4:17
  • To me, the intended meaning is very clear: of course your employer prefers to have you pre-schedule your vacation, personal and compensatory days so they can be pre-approved. The only exception is that they'll let you count an excused sick day as if it were a "pre-approved absence", because they understand you couldn't know you were going to be sick.
    – krubo
    Nov 21 '15 at 17:33

Scheduled modifies vacation day, personal day, and compensatory day since the three latter items are placed in sequence with no interrupting conjunction (such as the or right after).

To reword the sentence:
...A pre-approved absence is defined as a scheduled vacation day, scheduled personal day, scheduled compensatory day...

  • I believe the intent was for it to modify all the items in the series, however I agree it only modifies "vacation day". How would you suggest rewording it to include all items?
    – user131366
    Sep 22 '15 at 2:44
  • @user131366 Scheduled actually does modify all three items, so no rewording is necessary.
    – Adam
    Sep 22 '15 at 2:51
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    I think you could write "scheduled vacation, compensatory, or personal day, or an excused sick day" which would be less elegant but perhaps a tad clearer.
    – jbeldock
    Sep 22 '15 at 2:53
  • In regards to the "excused sick day" aspect; would u agree the term "scheduled" does not modify it due to comma placement?
    – user131366
    Sep 22 '15 at 2:56
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    @user131366 Every time you write “u”, a kitten goes without food somewhere.
    – tchrist
    Sep 22 '15 at 3:09

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