it sounds weird to me when my friend texted me "Leave me message as you get free" because I always say "you're free".

I hope to get second answer instead of the answer from Speaking English - Bravenet.com. Thanks.

  1. "Call me when you will get free." Is this a correct sentence?

No. "Call me when you're free." = Call me when you have time. "Call me when you get free." = Call me when you are out of prison (or some other type of confinement). That one word "get" changes the whole meaning of the sentence.


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Leave me a message as you get free.

I would write that as:

Leave me a message when you are free.

If you use "as" instead of "when", it implies that you are asking someone to do two things at the same time. Using "get free" instead of "are free" is also a problem, because it can sound like you're talking to someone who is escaping from imprisonment, instead of someone who is busy.

Example that uses "get free"

Houdini, call me when you get free from that straitjacket.

Example that uses "as you"

Call me as you walk home.

Your original sentence could be rewritten as a little joke that makes finishing whatever task is keeping your friend busy the same as escaping from some type of imprisonment:

Leave me a message as soon as you get free from Sir Talks-a-lot.

  • Hi, I'm not sure if I can ask about this. My friend learned as you get free from her non-native teacher. My friend and I are English learners. We discussed about as you get free* before posting my question on ELL. Actually she had same thoughts as me when her teacher taught her as you get free. After I told her about your answer, she asked her teacher intentionally : As you get free = when you're free? Do they have same meaning? PART 1
    – puputeh24
    Sep 21, 2015 at 8:45
  • Her teacher's answer: They have a little difference, for example: You will be free at 8 o'clock. I told you as you get free leave me message. It means that you should leave me message exactly at 8. But leave me message when you are free means you can message me after 8. What do you think about her teacher's answer? I'm sorry if I'm not allowed not ask..
    – puputeh24
    Sep 21, 2015 at 8:48
  • @puputeh24 I can see the teacher's point, but "as you get free" isn't common in my area and would sound strange to me. If I wanted you to call me the moment you were free, I would say "as soon as you are free", as I did in the last example. And it's OK to discuss answers in the comments - that's what they're supposed to be used for :)
    – ColleenV
    Sep 21, 2015 at 11:31

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