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Hi everybody! What verbs do you use to mean that "do someone else's work for a short time because they're currently ill"?
Your answers will be greatly appreciated.
"to fill in for John" is the first to come to mind.
"take on John's work"
"deputise for John"
I'm puzzled therefore I think.
Cover for John.
Substitute [or sub] for John.
Stand in for John.
Do maternity cover for John.
Provide sickness cover for John.
Take on John's tasks while he's off sick.
Keep John's seat warm while he's recuperating.
Thanks everyone. I'm truly humbled by all your help and support. I may never have to do anything for myself again.
Just let me know the next time you need maternity cover, John. I'll be happy to stand in for you any time.
tony h, BonnieL, Erik and trolley: Thanks guys very much for your input.