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I just recently got a job as a research assistant over the holiday (which will later turn into an unpaid independent study project). Before hiring me for the job, my supervisor asked me if I would be taking a week off for vacation during the holidays. I told him no. However, for Christmas, I recieved (as a gift) tickets for an afternoon weekday show of an expensive stage production. The show is about an hour and a half from where I live so I would need to take most of the day off. I will be informing my supervisor via email about this. How do I inform him/phrase the email?

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XX,

I was just given a surprise gift -- tickets to a show in YY City. It would be thrilling to go -- any chance you could spare me on Thursday? Because of the distance, it would mean missing the whole day. However, I'm free all day Saturday. If you like, I could come in then to make up the time.

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There is no answer for your question. It totally depends what kind of relationship you have with your supervisor. In my case I have very friendly relationship with supervisor and a text message is enough to inform him about this kind of minor issues.

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    My guess is that if it were that simple for the OP, s/he wouldn't have asked.... // Glad you hear you have this level of comfort with your advisor! – aparente001 Dec 27 '16 at 7:18

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