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I want to write a note to a person that I could not find him at his office, but he does not expect that I would be there

If I write "I miss you today when I drop by your office"

Does it sound reasonable?

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Your sentence would be better in the past tense, because it describes an action that took place in the past.

I missed you today when I dropped by your office.

This sentence sounds reasonable to me.

Of course, miss you has another meaning: to regret someone's absence. And that meaning expresses an emotional attachment that may be inappropriate for this situation. So even though I think miss is okay, you could say it another way to avoid any misunderstanding:

I dropped by your office today while you were out.

I think that would work.

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  • Using "missed" would normally be OK unless there were circumstances where there could be a possible confusion; @snailboat gives an excellent alternative. However, "miss" in the present tense can easily be misconstrued unless the reader realises that English is not your first language. Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 12:41
  • You could also say, "I dropped by your office, but we missed each other." Commented Oct 1, 2013 at 12:42

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