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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have always been an advocate of Aristotle's "Art of Brevity", however both are fine.  Inserting "presently" may be to hint that he is leaving soon.

Feb 01, 2022 10:37 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Keep it short and sweet by skipping "presently"!

Feb 02, 2022 03:59 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I was taught by the best. SHORT sentences with the FEWEST words possible make a more powerful point than vomiting out War and Peace.

John Doe is in office. PERIOD.


Feb 02, 2022 03:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I would say, he is in office!  I like to keep it short and succinct. A

Feb 01, 2022 08:04 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Fred - Grammar has long been disappointed with my skills to communicate effectively.  

Feb 02, 2022 05:14 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

"John is presently in his office, but will be leaving in 5 minutes for the lake" might make sense. But if John is going to be there all day, then it seems to me that "John is in his office" is sufficient.

But Marte Cliff will know for sure!

Feb 02, 2022 04:53 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I agree with Ron and Alexandra Seigel as a Toastmaster, we despise extra - unneeded words.  Like when people say, "I just want to say..."

No! Just say it. No lead in needed. 😅

Feb 01, 2022 08:29 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Oh please, it reminds me of an old attorney friend of mine who liked to impress people with his language skills.  And this was when he was just out of law school.  We gave him enough 'grief' (humor) he stopped.  Just get to the point.  We love you and you're enough.

Feb 01, 2022 08:27 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Say it directly with less words. 

Feb 02, 2022 06:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

To me presently is a transitory statement that indicates a particular point in time and that another point may be different.  If John made widgets from 8-5 and you called at 9, I'd say "John is in the office" as he's not likely to leave for another 8 hours.  If you wanted to drive in to see him, you could take your time.

If John is a traveling salesman who is only in the office a few minutes a day, I'd use presently to indicate that he may not be there for long.  If you drove in to see him, you may miss him.  If you call his desk, he may or may not be there.


I am presently on Active Rain.  As soon as I hit post and close this window, I will no longer be on Active Rain.

Feb 02, 2022 09:14 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

English composition and rules were never my forte. 

Feb 02, 2022 08:04 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When I was a kid in 1st grade or so, the teacher noticed when I wrote that I was combining writing with block lettering. She expressed it was unusual but left me on a positive note. Today, I have learned to pursue "meaning" behind words. Granted, in certain circles, Emily Post would frown away....

Feb 02, 2022 07:34 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Say the most with the fewest amount of words.

Feb 02, 2022 07:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would rather say --- who goes to an office now?    LOL   Marte Cliff  would know exactly what to say.

Feb 02, 2022 07:04 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Marte Cliff will have your grammatically correct answer :))

Feb 01, 2022 09:03 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have nothing to add....presently.

Feb 02, 2022 09:51 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

If I am writing instructions, I would keep it short.  If I am writing a story, I may use the longer form depending on how I want to present the character.  Either way would be fine for me. 

My English teacher that was so creative with her red correction pen may disagree with me completely.  I would hate for you to see what she routinely did to my papers.  🙃

Feb 02, 2022 09:02 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

"Presently" is a bit formal. I think you would get a few eyebrow raises if you say it that way. 

Feb 02, 2022 08:49 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Estate Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

There is always more to the story. Some will ramble on and on and on and others say so little we don't know what the story is. 

I prefer - just get to the point. Tell me what you want to tell me. Answer my question in a clear and concise manner with no need for 57 follow-up questions before I get my answer. 

I know this may sound shocking Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate - some people are intentionally deceptive.  Some people flat-out lie! 

What question was asked that requires a response about John Doe being at his office?

Feb 02, 2022 08:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

John Doe is at the office. That's my answer and I'm sticking to it!

Feb 02, 2022 07:22 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I like it when people get to the point. Just say it. 

Feb 02, 2022 10:47 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Why not go with "John Doe is presently occupying his office and is sitting at his desk", lol? I do believe "John Doe is in his office",  conveys the idea in a more succinct way. 

Feb 02, 2022 12:26 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I'm no grammar expert but if you're saying "John Doe is at his office" aren't you insinuating that it is presently... not past or future? 

Feb 02, 2022 11:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I would keep it short, sweet, direct. John Doe is at his office says what one needs to know. Presently is more of a British term. Most Americans would say currently. This is actually more of a stylistic question than a grammatical question.

Feb 02, 2022 12:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I have said "She is presently at the office" - not sure how much longer she would be there.


Is does imply now (the present) but, I would think not to something that is mobile - like John Doe! 

Feb 02, 2022 01:23 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

Communication is meant to be understood by those listening so grammar isn't important in a general conversation.

Feb 02, 2022 01:41 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Would presently be hinting - not much longer ?

Feb 03, 2022 05:14 AM
Derrick Guevremont
Counselor Realty of Rochester - Rochester, MN
Rochester MN Homes for Sale

I think “presently” has a place if there’s context. If a person was calling his office, maybe asking about dropping something off for John Doe, an office assistant may say he is presently in the office along with “if you’d like to speak to him now,” or “if you are nearby.”

Feb 03, 2022 02:52 AM