" I have to go home so I need to leave early" is it correct when we are asking for early leave permission in mail.

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If this is all you say, it might be considered rude. It can sound like you expect or are entitled to leave early. Also, it seems vague. I would recommend that you include the reason that you need to leave, if possible. I understand that the reason might be a private/personal reason, but the person from whom you request permission might require some proof.

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  • No problem. Good luck.
    – Em.
    Commented Jun 17, 2016 at 6:02

I have to go home so I need to leave early

Grammatically it's fine although I'd add a comma after home.

However, on it's own it may not be enough. In most work environments you would be expected (and it's more polite) to provide more information - Why do you have to go home? What do you mean by early?

Consider something like the following:

A plumber is coming to fix my shower at home, so I need to leave by 2pm

It depends a lot on the culture where you are making the request

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