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Question for the English native speakers

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the lady responsible for preparing the Easter gifts at work (we receive a bunch of chcoloates for Easter, Christmas and a Grittibänz at St. Nikolaus as a gift every year) has asked me if the English equivalent to "Das Home Office versüssen" is "To sweeten the home office".


I tend to think that the "the" needs to be omitted, but I can't really explain it.
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Old 27.03.2020, 11:54
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I think "To sweeten the home office" is ok. "To sweeten home office" is better. But I'd go for "To sweeten your home office".
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Old 27.03.2020, 11:55
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Yes, agree with NotAllThere. This: "To sweeten your home office".
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Old 27.03.2020, 11:55
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

To me "To Sweeten the Home Office" is preferable, as it is a description of what the contents are intended to do. "Sweeten the Home Office" sounds like an order.


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Re: Question for the English native speakers

I'd send them a case of wine instead
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

Home sweet home office.
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

I think ‘To sweeten your home office’ sounds better too.
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Home sweet home office.
Wow, robBob's suggestion has zing!
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Home sweet home office.
I think humour is hugely important now- so yes, I'd go for that - bravo.
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

OK, thank you, all of you.


Turns out, this was what she originally suggested.
I thought it sounded too "German"....
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Hi,


the lady responsible for preparing the Easter gifts at work (we receive a bunch of chcoloates for Easter, Christmas and a Grittibänz at St. Nikolaus as a gift every year) has asked me if the English equivalent to "Das Home Office versüssen" is "To sweeten the home office".


I tend to think that the "the" needs to be omitted, but I can't really explain it.
To make your home office less shite.
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OK, thank you, all of you.


Turns out, this was what she originally suggested.
I thought it sounded too "German"....
With a name like Rainer, you won't have to worry about a futile "the", for making anything sound more German.
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Hi,


the lady responsible for preparing the Easter gifts at work (we receive a bunch of chcoloates for Easter, Christmas and a Grittibänz at St. Nikolaus as a gift every year) has asked me if the English equivalent to "Das Home Office versüssen" is "To sweeten the home office".


I tend to think that the "the" needs to be omitted, but I can't really explain it.
Do they have one extra?
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Hi,


the lady responsible for preparing the Easter gifts at work (we receive a bunch of chcoloates for Easter, Christmas and a Grittibänz at St. Nikolaus as a gift every year) has asked me if the English equivalent to "Das Home Office versüssen" is "To sweeten the home office".


I tend to think that the "the" needs to be omitted, but I can't really explain it.
Could it be that she was just flirting?
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Could it be that she was just flirting?
With all of'em?

Wow.
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

I'm still stuck on the fact that your office hands out Easter presents to their employees
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I'm still stuck on the fact that your office hands out Easter presents to their employees

Me, too! This is crazy. I would just put "Gifts from the Bunny" on the card or Happy Easter or something like that. Sweets for the Home Office or whatever just sounds ridiculous.


How about Bonbons from the Bunbun?
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Old 28.03.2020, 02:53
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I'm still stuck on the fact that your office hands out Easter presents to their employees
It's just chocolates for 65 odd people.
They are run-of-the-mill chocolates from Migros. Not Sprüngli or so.
But it is a nice gesture, I agree. Usually, the receptionists and the marketing lady place them on each desk after work, a bit like Santa ;-)
But because everybody is home, they will be sent by post this year.

Though, we might receive the branded water-bottles, too (they are usually given as gifts to clients), but I got word that we will receive those, too for Easter.
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Old 28.03.2020, 02:55
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Could it be that she was just flirting?

Could be ;-)

It's all harmless banter, though.
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Old 28.03.2020, 07:29
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Re: Question for the English native speakers

What I find the funniest is the term “home office” itself... which means something completely different in the UK. (i.e. the governmental office for “home” affairs as opposed to foreign ones)

At least I don’t recall anyone using this when I was still there many years ago. People usually just say I’m working from home with no exact term for it. (Some would probably call it skiving )

I’m not sure what the exact term for these words are but I’m aware there are a few borrowed words by German speakers that mean something completely different in the native language.
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