When someone attends an event, he will be awarded some additional leave subject to his boss's approval. Therefore, he will need to submit a leave application to his boss for approval.

Should I call this (action 1) apply leave, submit leave, apply new leave or something else?

Note that if we use apply leave or submit leave, we will have another problem as follows. If that someone wants to use the leave that his boss had approved for action 1, he will need to submit this further application to his boss for approval.

Then, should I call this (action 2) apply leave (not again?), submit leave (not again?) or something else?

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    I don't understand the second action. If someone has already applied for leave why would they need to apply again in order to use it? – Waggers Oct 25 '11 at 7:58
  • @Waggers, please read carefully. The first action is when you "earn" a leave. The second action is when you "spend" a leave. I have a headache on how to properly define them. – Larry Morries Oct 25 '11 at 7:59
  • I did read carefully but that meaning wasn't clear. Thanks for explaining. – Waggers Oct 25 '11 at 8:29
  • This question may be better suited for UX.SE (but I think it's ok here) – Waggers Oct 25 '11 at 8:31
  • @Waggers. Thanks for editing my question - imo, your version is better than my versions. Thanks. – Larry Morries Oct 25 '11 at 9:03

The user is receiving a "leave credit" for attending the event. When they need to take time off, they're requesting leave. I'd use:

  1. Apply for Leave Credit
  2. Request Leave

I think most English speakers will understand this.


For the first action I would use something like:

  • Apply for additional leave
  • Amend leave entitlement
  • Submit change request
  • Update available leave

And for the second, something like:

  • Submit leave application
  • Request leave
  • Book leave

Apparently you are asking for suggestions for names of two actions or forms, on the one hand a granting or obtaining of credits toward future leave, and on the other application for specific leave dates.

Phrases for case 1:

  • Add to accrued leave
  • Record credit for future leave
  • Update accrued leave credits
  • Update leave credits
  • Submit leave credits

Phrases for case 2:

  • Approve leave dates
  • Approve leave schedule
  • Apply to take a leave
  • Apply for leave
  • Set leave dates

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